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Updated: December 27, 2013 13:58 IST

Karnataka plans to develop 3,745 km of State highways

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Minister for Public Works H.C. Mahadevappa and Chief Minister
Siddaramaiah examining a booklet on the launch of phase II of the State
highway development project in Bangalore on Thursday. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.
Minister for Public Works H.C. Mahadevappa and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah examining a booklet on the launch of phase II of the State highway development project in Bangalore on Thursday. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

The State government proposes to develop 3,745 km of State highways in 70 packages at a cost of Rs. 1,498.90 crore under the second phase of State highway development project.

Speaking at a function organised to launch the project here on Thursday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah instructed engineers of the Public Works Department (PWD) to ensure quality of works and direct contractors to take up road maintenance for at least three years.

Work on roads would commence from next month and they would ensure connectivity from one district headquarters to another and to various taluks. About 2,000 km of road works are expected to be completed during the current financial year.

In phase I and phase II, the State government has decided to develop 7,254 km of State highways with an investment of Rs. 2,797 crore. In phase I, the Chief Minister said 3,567 km of roads would be developed at a cost of Rs. 1,439 crore under 66 packages. Physical progress of 1,438 km and financial progress of Rs. 519 crore had been achieved during 2012-13. A sum of Rs. 414 crore had been spent to develop 895 km in 2013-14, he said.

Mr. Siddaramaiah said the State received Rs. 1,800 crore from the Central Road Fund (CRF) for developing roads this year. Besides fuelling economic growth, road connectivity would help the State attract investments in tier II cities. Development of infrastructure was an indicator of the progress of the State.

Referring to filling of potholes, the Chief Minister said filling them with soil would not solve the problem. He instructed engineers to follow proper procedure for filling up potholes. A sum of Rs. 100 crore has been sanctioned to fill potholes.

Potholes

Noting the bad condition of roads in Bangalore, he said all pending works on roads, flyovers and underpasses would be completed in the next five years. The government has been facing financial constraints on account of pending bills of Rs. 9,000 crore. Pending bills of the Bangalore City Corporation alone stood at Rs. 2,000 crore.

Minister for Public Works H.C. Mahadevappa said the Centre has sanctioned Rs. 95 crore for developing the Shiradi Ghat road. The State has given 27 proposals to the Centre for upgrading 4,000 State highways into national highways. “We hope at least 2,000 km will be upgraded,” he said.

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Hello CM and Team,Good news and thanks for initiating this project.
But please do something to ensure high quality roads are delivered to the public and not like the ones that we had earlier only on paper and paper thin asphalt/bitumen that will not stand a single rain.
i guess you should bring in a independent auditor headed either by the all localities or towns these roads pass to ensure the right materials and quantity is gone in to the road, in the same model as that of Chandra babu's in Andhra.

from:  Narendra
Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 at 09:39 IST

its really sad to see & drive under such roads. pathetic!! being the capital of the state & no respite.

from:  vikram
Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 at 06:27 IST

All LS poll gimmicks, we are watching you all and let us where this road fund goes.

One thing is clear, Karnataka has worst infrastructure in the world!

from:  Deshpande
Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 at 02:29 IST
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