The Karnataka government is celebrating its success with Phase one of Namma Metro’s Green Line functioning from Sunday. People had to wait for five years to get into a metro in this route. However, with the tender process being postponed for the Bangalore-Mysore 10-lane Expressway the third time, doubts have been raised that the state government is waiting for the foreign investors.
The project aims at making people reach Mysuru from Bengaluru in flat 90 minutes. The Expressway will cover 118 km from Kengeri Nice Road Junction via Mysuru Outer Ring Road to Columbia Asia Hospital Junction in Mysuru. But the government had dissolved the tender process even before it began, that too for the third time now.
Among other preparations, the state has acquired 2,200-acre land for the project in December. But the sources said that government is yet to clear the compensation. Tender is being invited for the cost of Rs 3,600 crore; this cost does not include Rs 2,200 spent on acquiring the land. Earlier the date of inviting tender was scheduled for April 5, which was then postponed to May 5. But no activity took place on the day as even before the bid started the date was pushed to June 5. Surprisingly, the same practice was followed, and the tender process has been postponed again, without citing any reasons.
Speaking to Prajavani, the National Highway Authority of India officials have said that the contract will be given to the winner after 30 days of completion of the tender process.
The detailed project report by the consultant Secon stated that the expressway would have an average daily traffic of 60,000 passenger car units. It is expected to give healthy returns to the investor given the rising volume of traffic between Bengaluru and Mysuru, reported Economic Times.
Meanwhile, there is news that two teams representing foreign companies have visited the project site. The teams are expected to take part in the tender process. Thus, there are speculations that the dates for the same are being postponed to facilitate these companies.