Karnataka has been the major beneficiary after Gujarat in the sanctioning of new national highways by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways this year, with approval given for conversion of the 117-km-long State highway from Gulbarga to the Andhra Pradesh border and the 62-km-long Dharwad-Ramanagaram State highway into national highways, Union Minister for Labour and Employment M. Mallikarjun Kharge said here on Saturday.

Mr. Kharge told presspersons that in Karnataka, 179 km of State highways had been declared as national highways in the recent order passed by the Ministry

The Ministry has given its approval for the conversion of a total road length of 1,088.5 km in the country as national highways.

He said the conversion of the State highway from Gulbarga to the Andhra Pradesh border into a national highway would provide connectivity to four national highways including National Highway 7 connecting Hyderabad with Bangalore at Gooty, National Highway 63 connecting Gooty-Ankola at Hagari in Bellary district, National Highway 218 connecting Humnabad with Bijapur and National Highway 9 connecting Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Four districts

Mr. Kharge said the national highway from Gulbarga to Andhra Pradesh passing through Wadi and Yadgir would benefit four districts in the region: Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur and Bellary

The Minister said the estimated cost of the conversion of the State highway between Gulbarga and Hagari into a national highway was Rs. 950 crore.

Mr. Kharge said that the Union Ministry had also given approval for conversion of the 66-km State highway from Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh to Hagari passing through Uravakonda as a national highway and 8 km of the State highway from the Karnataka border to Krishna in Andhra Pradesh as a national highway.


  • 117-km-long State highway from Gulbarga to Andhra Pradesh border to be upgraded

  • 1,088.5 km of State highways to be converted into national highways in the country


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