Srinagar, Dec 19 (KINS): Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid foundation of 33 NH projects in Karnataka today through virtual mode.
“These projects include 1197 kms long roads worth Rs 10,904 crore. The event was presided over by Chief Minister Shri Y S Yeddiyurappa, and was attended by former PM H D Devegowda, Union Ministers Shri Prahlad Joshi, Shri Sadanand Gowda, Gen Dr V K Singh, ministers from the State and senior officers” the officials said.
Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari informed that over 900 km NH length has been added in Karnataka during the last six years, and it now stands at 7652 kms.
He said, a total of 71 works are in progress in length of 2,384 kms at a cost of Rs. 37,311 Crore. Out of these, more than 70% progress has been achieved in 26 works amounting to Rs 12,286 Crore covering a length of 1,127 Km. He said, upto 70% progress has been achieved in 45 works amounting to Rs 25,025 Crore covering a length of 1257 Km.
The Minister added that for providing smooth connectivity to the ports for the benefit of trade and economy, 4- laning of the entire coastal road from Goa Border to Kerala Border connecting port city of Belekeri, Karwar and Mangalore covering a length of 278 Km have been taken up at a cost of Rs 3443 crore and the work has been substantially completed. Further, in view of the safety of road users, 3 works for improving the safety by providing protective measures on Hill slopes in Shiradi Ghat on NH-75, Charmadi Ghat on NH-73 and Sampaje Ghat on NH-275 have been sanctioned amounting to Rs.115 crore.