Bangalore-Mysore Express Way 'NICE Road'.12 years & incomplete yet.
THE ROAD PLAN OF NICE ROAD.
Mysore to Bangalore in 60 minutes.
Mysore was the capital of the princely state of Mysore State before India got its Independence.Even after that historic event till the reorganization of all the states was done it continued to enjoy the princely status like other states..Bangalore was just a city decorated with nature having good and comfortable weather all months of the year The Maharajah of Mysore during those days was H.H.Sri Jayachamaraja Wodeyar. He was fond of driving to Bangalore and he had his own personal and private Palace in Bangalore.The Palace today is a tourist spot still under the control of his son H.H.Srikanta Datta Narasimha Raja Wodeyar.
We as kids at that period of time used to watch the Maharajah drive his car at 160 KPH in his Daimler Car.The entire stretch of 140 KM was cleared of all traffic during his travel which was guarded by the then Mysore Police who stopped all vehicular traffic as he went driving the entire stretch non stop till he reached his palace in Bangalore.My uncle was living in Mysore and he knew the Maharajah personally as he was one of the major electrical contractor to the Palace.Few times I traveled with him in his Big Chevrolet Car but his driver drove not over 60 KPH and I dream't that one day I would drive my Car as fast as Maharajah.
The Karnataka Chief Minister Shri. H.D. Deve Gowda and Massachusetts Governor William Weld signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Feb. 1995 and the Land Breaking ceremony was done in 1999 by another Chief Minister J.H.Patil and it was announced that a Super Fast 6 Lane Highway would be made where people can go at an avg speed of 140 KMH and reach Mysore in just one hour.My eye balls opened out with my mouth and I thought my dream would be possible in just few years.The name of this Super Fast Highway was Named NICE ROAD.
Every thing was nice and the company which undertook the construction started their work nice and the road map was published.No sooner the road map was made people who owned the land adjacent to this Super Fast Highway scanned and scanned the map and realized how their land had appreciated overnight and were happy.Big Land owners whose land was away from their land went mad and pulled their money power to see the road map was changed so that the NICE ROAD went by the side of their land.It was a big mess.
What ever was the problem the govt at most instead of honoring their commitment went back as the traffic would go to this road and the existing road will look deserted and commercial activity on this existing road with small,medium and big industries will get affected including the hotels on this road owned by big wigs and land value will come down on this existing ugly road while the land near NICE ROAD will shoot up sky high on NICE road with in a very short span
What happens after 15 years due to this political play is we get a patch to drive around Bangalore and not Mysore the contractor has started minting money with his partly completed NICE ROAD.
How long is the road to Mysore from Bangalore it is 111 Kilometers.15 years for 111 kilo meters is 7.4 kilometers per year or 0.617 kilometers per month.Its a National shame for this National High Way.If our Army was asked to do this road it would have been done in one year or less.What ever is the problem the media or the govt is not interested in this project as most of the traffic would go to this road and the existing road will look deserted and commercial activity on this road small,medium and big will get affected including the hotels on this road owned by big wigs and land value will come down on this existing ugly road and will shoot up sky high on NICE road with in a very short span.The land owners who own the land near NICE road want the NICE road nearer to their land as their land value will go haywire over night.
Who are these land lords who want the NICE road to come nearer their land,its the Deve Gowda family and many other politicians and bureaucrats who have the land along the existing pathetic high way with beauty spots as pot holes and speed breakers as back breakers.The present Govt run by BJP is also not interested to do anything since many have milked the project and no milk is left by the project promoters NICE keeping quite nicely.This is a dream project still in dream even after 15 years.Do we have a Minister for surface transport on the surface anywhere.I am sure there willbe such a person not only at state level but also at national level.What are they doing and are they not taking any steps to complete the project in public interest.