The Satellite Town Ring Road (STRR) in Bengaluru has opened its first segment for traffic, allowing commuters to travel from Doddaballapur bypass to Hoskote. This 34-km stretch is part of the 80-km Dabaspet-Devanahalli-Hoskote route, which is the first phase of the STRR project.
The construction of the STRR is being carried out by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to connect the northern part of Bengaluru with the eastern side. This new road will divert heavy vehicles away from the city, reducing congestion and improving travel efficiency.
Toll collection on this newly opened segment started on Friday, with toll booths set up near Nalluru village in Bengaluru Rural District. Of the 80-km stretch, 38 km between Doddaballapur and Hoskote have been completed, and toll will be collected for 34 km. The remaining 4-km distance near Hoskote will be connected to the Bengaluru-Chennai expressway, and construction work on that section is currently in progress.
According to NHAI officials, the entire 80-km stretch is expected to be operational by February 2024. Once complete, the STRR will significantly reduce the number of heavy vehicles entering Bengaluru, particularly on Tumakuru Road. Travelers heading towards Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) and heavy vehicles bound for Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, or the cargo terminals of KIA will be able to bypass the city and directly access the STRR towards Devanahalli and Hoskote.
The construction of the road between Doddaballapur and Dabaspet is expected to be finished by December 2023. Despite delays caused by the COVID pandemic and heavy rainfall in 2021 and 2022, NHAI has worked diligently to expedite the project. The completion of a railway overbridge near Doddaballapur and an underpass near Chikkabelavangala will soon open up the entire stretch of the STRR to motorists, providing a seamless and efficient transportation route.