Bengaluru has seen a sharp growth in people migrating for job opportunities in the last couple of decades. The city is currently home to over 12.34 million people, a threefold increase over the last 20 years. This growth pattern is expected to continue into the foreseeable future as well. The city’s administrators have tried to develop infrastructure in an efficient manner to match this burgeoning population.
The development of the Outer Ring Road (ORR) was a significant milestone. It is a 60 km circular stretch that connects far-lying and important localities of JP Nagar, Kengeri, Marathahalli, KR Puram, Hennur, Koramangala, Banashankari and Yeshwanthpur. The ORR was complemented by the NICE Road, also known as Bengaluru-Mysuru Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) as it was promoted to connect Bengaluru to the cultural capital of Karnataka - Mysore. This arterial route has exit points at Electronic City, Bannerghatta Road, Kanakapura Road, Mysore Road, Magadi Road and Tumkur Road, therefore improving travel time from one suburb to another.
The setting up of the Kempegowda International Airport at Devanahalli in 2008 enhanced the city’s growing appeal and economy. It attracted a large number of real estate and infrastructural developments to this region of the city. North Bengaluru continues to expand and will witness unprecedented levels of growth with the upcoming developments. Lastly, the flagging off of the Bengaluru Metro or Namma Metro has brought far-flung areas closer and has decreased travel time from one suburb to the other. Below we look at the upcoming infrastructural developments which will transform Bengaluru’s landscape and further enhance its connectivity.
Peripheral Ring Road (PRR)
The Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) is envisaged as a 65 km road which will connect Doddaballapur Road, Bellary Road, Tumkur Road, Hennur Road, Sarjapur Road and many others, including Electronic City. PRR will be an 8-lane main road with an adjacent 4-lane service road and space reserved for pedestrian pavement. Additionally, a wide median is planned to accommodate future plans for mass transportation systems such as metro or a monorail. This stretch will also connect Bellary Road, Old Madras Road and Sarjapur Road to the PRR. The development of the PRR will largely decongest the Outer Ring Road and improve connectivity across the city and to the airport.
Bengaluru Metro or Namma Metro
Metro rail is transforming how people travel in urban cities. They are increasingly bringing far-away suburbs, office hubs, commercial spaces, markets, business and shopping districts closer by decreasing the travel time. Namma Metro’s first metro service started in 2011. Currently it runs two lines - Green Line and Purple Line.
The Green Line of the Namma Metro spans over 24.20 km. A number of Vaishnavi projects are in close to proximity to metro stations along this line providing a connectivity advantage to our residents. These stations are Nagasandra, Jalahalli (Vaishnavi Gardenia), Peenya, Yeshwanthpur, Rajajinagar, Majestic, K.R. Market, JP Nagar (Vaishnavi Oasis, Vaishnavi Terraces), Jaya Nagar and Yelachenahalli.
Further, under Phase 2 of the Namma Metro, the Green Line will be extended from Nagasandra to BIEC, and from Yelachenahalli to Anjanapura. The extensions are under-construction and are estimated to be completed by mid 2020.
The Purple Line spans over 18.22 km and connects Baiyyapanahalli, Indiranagar, M.G. Road, Cubbon Park, Magadi Road and Mysore Road among other stations. Under Phase 2 of the Purple Line, the metro will get two extensions - one from Challegatta near Kengeri to Mysore Road and the second from Baiyyapanahalli station up to Whitefield. Both the extensions of the Purple Line are under-construction and estimated to be completed by mid 2020.
The Karnataka Government has also given its nod for Phase 3 development of the Namma Metro. This would be spread across 3 lines:
● Nagawara - Airport line via Hebbal and Jakkur would span a total of 30 km
● 32 km line connecting Carmelaram to Yelahanka (Vaishnavi Serene)
● 29 km line connecting Silk Board to Hebbal via KR Puram
Construction of Phase 3 of Namma Metro is expected to begin by 2025 . Upon completion of all the phases of the Metro, Bengaluru Metro will become a ring rail network in the city.
Suburban Railway Connectivity to Bengaluru International Airport
The government of Karnataka is contemplating on developing a suburban railway network connecting the city of Bengaluru to the International Airport. The plan is to convert Devanahalli into a terminal station of the suburban line which would further connect Bengaluru City Railway Station to the airport via KR Puram and Hebbal Railway Station. This is a bold plan and would provide airport to railway connectivity, thus boosting connectivity in the city.
A developing city requires adequate resources to survive, thrive and expand. Bengaluru, over the last couple of years, has grown at an exponential rate. It is currently the country’s 3rd largest contributor to GDP and the completion of the infrastructural developments outlined above will further boost the city’s connectivity and heighten Bengaluru’s status as one of the world’s fastest growing cities with a rising standard of living.
Vaishnavi Group’s upcoming residential developments are going to benefit from the various infrastructure initiatives by the local and central government, and this brings a high probability of price appreciation for the same.