Nitin Gadkari lays foundation stone of ₹3,972cr national highway projects in Karnataka district
BENGALERU : Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India Nitin Gadkari on Monday laid the foundation stone for national highway projects worth ₹3,972 crore to Belgavi.
The five projects are: Belagavi-Sankeshwar Bypass, Sankeshwar Bypass to Maharashtra Border, Chorla-Jamboki-Belagavi, Vijayapura-Muragundi (NH 548B) and Siddapura-Vijayapura (NH 561A).
“I have set myself the goal of developing the road network on par with America by 2024. All kinds of development activities depend on road connectivity. Therefore, the government has decided to strengthen the road network in the country,” Gadkari said.
The event was also attended by Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai and Union Minister Pralhad Joshi.
The five national road projects total 238 km.
Stating that these road corridor projects will boost economic growth and interstate economic activities, Mr. Gadkari said that an express corridor will be constructed in many places across the country, which will benefit economic growth and reduce the cost of fuel.
He added that a boost will also be given to green vehicles to reduce pollution in the country. Speaking of Karnataka, the Union Minister said that under the Bharat Mala-2 project, many parts of Karnataka will be included.
The minister also told the rally that express highways will be developed between Bengaluru and Chennai which will cover the distance in just two hours. Similarly, a project to connect Surat in Gujarat to Chennai is underway with the establishment of a logistics park, he said.
An information technology hub between Bengaluru and Tamil Nadu can be established along the highways, which will create jobs and boost the country’s economy, the minister explained.
He also said that an impetus would be given to reduce the length of the route between Pune and Bangalore by 100 km. Water conservation along the highway under the Jalshankti program is also part of the project, Gadakari said. Advising the Karnataka government to quickly resolve water-related disputes, Gadkari recalled that as Minister of Water Resources, he previously resolved 12 disputes over 20 projects. It is unfortunate that Karnataka’s dispute over Almatti could not be resolved, he noted.
Responding to a request for exemption from the toll on agricultural products on highways, he said the matter would be looked into.
During the event, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that the transport scenario in the state will undergo a complete change once the highway projects are completed.
Speaking to the media, Bommai also said, “The development works undertaken by the Center and the state government would lay a solid foundation for progress in the economic, social and educational sectors of Karnataka. Many development projects in the state have been implemented through the commitment and diligence of Union Minister Prahlad Joshi. The construction of the national roads and the modernization works of the national roads are in progress under the leadership of Gadkari. »
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