The upgrading of National Highway-212 from Kerala border to Kollegal in the State (about 129 km) is expected to begin in March.
The proposal in this regard was approved by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in New Delhi on December 31 last year.
Minister for Public Works H.C. Mahadevappa told presspersons here on Thursday that the work would be taken up on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode at Rs. 489.29 crore. The Minister earlier held a meeting with officials from the National Highways Authority of India, and departments of Public Works, Forest, and Revenue at the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
H.S. Mahadev Prasad, Minister for Cooperation; R. Dhruvanarayana, Chamarajanagar MP; M.P. Manjunath, Hunsur MLA, and C. Shikha, Deputy Commissioner, were present.
Mr. Mahadevappa said the project includes construction of a two-lane and four-lane road with paved shoulders from Kerala border to Kollegal. The bid for the work had been floated in the e-procurement portal on January 1, and the due date is February 8.
Around 2,78,216 sq.m. of land would be acquired in Gundlupet and Kollegal in Chamarajanagar district, and Nanjangud, Mysore rural, Mysore city, and T. Narsipur.
NH-212 starts from Karnataka border at Mulehole Halla in Bandipur forest and runs via Gundlupet-Nanjangud-Mysore-T.Narsipur and ends at Kollegal at Uttamballi junction where it joins NH-209.
Mr. Mahadevappa said a major bridge measuring 354.68 m would be built across the Kabini river at Nanjangud as part of it.
Around 28.836 hectares of private land would be acquired, for which the valuation was in progress, he said. Mr. Mahadevappa said the proposal to upgrade the highway was pending for many years.
The Minister said there was a proposal to take up the work under PPP model, but did not elicit good response from interested parties.
Therefore, the Centre came forward to fund the project, he said.
The highway stretch between Mysore city and Nanjangud, considered one of the busiest stretches of the National Highway, would be converted into four-lane to ease traffic congestion.
On the issue of diverting the existing Mysore–Nanjangud road stretch of NH-212 to facilitate expansion of the runway of Mysore airport, Mr. Dhruvanarayana, said there would not be any realignment of the road stretch and the existing road would be widened.
“However, a provision would be made for diverting the highway in future, in case of runway expansion. The project cannot be stalled over realignment as the work pertains not just to Mysore–Nanjangud stretch but between Kerala border and Kollegal,” he added.