Construction of 13 highway projects of 847 kilometers at a cost of Rs 21,000 crore in the North Karnataka region has been approved, announced Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways, and MSME Nitin Gadkari on Friday.
He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the construction of the Elevated Corridor at Rani Chennamma Circle, Hubballi, and the construction of a bridge over Bedthi channel at Dastikoppa village, Kalghataki Taluk.
The minister said that the centre is committed to the development of highways in Karnataka. “13 projects will be taken up in the State including the construction of four lane road in Hubballi – Dharwad Bypass and four lane ring road in Belagavi,” he added.
He assured that the ongoing projects in the North Karnataka region including Hubballi – Hospete Highway will be completed shortly.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa expressed his happiness for initiating National Highway Projects for the second time in a month in the State. He appreciated the Centre’s measure to invest Rs 1.16 lakh crore for the development of highways in the state. He said that all cooperation will be extended to complete all highway projects within the stipulated time.
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol, who spoke on the occasion said that, during Gadkari’s tenure as Union Minister for Highways, 222 projects at a cost of Rs 77,297 crore have been approved and action has been taken to upgrade 8,819 km of road.
Inputs from various news agencies