Government approves Rs 2,920 crores for widening Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway

[] The government has approved a Rs 2,920-crore project for widening a section of the NH-275, connecting Bengaluru and Mysuru, in Karnataka

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi, on February 20, 2018, has given its approval for the widening of a section of the NH-275, which connects Bengaluru and Mysuru. The project will involve six-laning of the Nidagatta-Mysuru section of NH-275 from km 74.2 to km 135.3 on a Hybrid Annuity Mode in Karnataka, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement. The six-laning of about 61 kms is estimated to cost approximately Rs 2,919.81 crores, including the cost of land acquisition and pre-construction activities. The civil construction cost is about Rs 2,028.93 crores.

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The statement said the project would also provide employment opportunities to locals during project construction. “With the widening and improvement of the highway, the areas would experience greater economic growth, resulting in higher employment opportunities for locals. An employment potential of 2,48,000 (approximate) man-days will be generated locally, during the construction period of the stretch,” it said.

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The section connects Bengaluru and Mysuru and also links important places like Mangalore, Kodagu, parts of Kerala, etc., to Bengaluru. The existing four-lane road, passing through congested and thickly populated towns and settlements like Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna, etc., has already crossed its capacity, resulting in traffic jams and accidents, the statement said. The upgradation to six-lanning, along with a seven-metre service road on each side and construction of bypasses at Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna and grade separated structures of this stretch of the National Highway, will greatly reduce the time and cost of travel, particularly of heavy traffic plying in the region.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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