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Jan 08, 2008 at 01:39am IST

Bangalore intl airport getting multiple links

Bangalore: There are less than 3 months for the new international airport at Bangalore to open but there are still several connectivity issues that need to be tackled.

However, the Karnataka government is pushing to get a rail link, two connecting roads and eight underpasses up and running at the earliest to ease the traffic flow to the airport.

The government recently notified the 34-km elevated rail link to the airport and for this, the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation has been asked to finalise a detailed project report.

A special purpose vehicle will be set up and the Rs 3,176 crore-project will be a public-private partnership. The rail link, however, is only likely to be ready by July 2011.

The government has also handed over an expressway project and the peripheral ring road projects to the National Highways Authority of India. However, both these roadways will only be ready by 2011 or 2012.

Traffic consultant for the Karnataka government, M N Srihari said, "Right now we have several projects on hand, but it's all in a fluid state. So whether it will come in the next few years or not, we cannot say right now."

Till that time, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation will run 40 buses along dedicated bus lanes from the city to the airport. The BMTC is expected to cover the distance from Hebbal to the airport in less than 30 minutes.

Even if getting to Hebbal itself is a problem, the BDA is putting eight underpasses into place which, they claim, can be built in three days. These will be ready by the end of January.

Meanwhile, Bangaloreans are happy that their government has not just taken the right initiatives in the right directions, but that there is work going on, as well. But till that time, they will have to rely on private vehicles and the BMTC service.