The State government will launch a project to develop 3,745 km of roads across the State on December 26 under the Karnataka State Highway Development Project Phase II.

Briefing presspersons about the project, H.C. Mahadevappa, Public Works Minister, said the project to be launched by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Bangalore will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,500 crore.

Under the project, nearly 6,000 km of roads will be upgraded by March-end and tenders for it had been floated. This project would be taken up on ‘Engineer Procurement Contract’ basis, he said.

Pothole filling

Stating that a pothole-filling drive had already started on major roads, Mr. Mahadevappa said the Shiradi Ghat would be upgraded at a cost of Rs. 95 crore with assistance from the Centre. “This work will be carried out by the National Highway Authority and tenders will be floated next month,” he said.

The Centre had for the first time allocated Rs. 1,800 crore to the State under the Central Road Fund. This is for the development of motorable roads, State highways and major roads in districts. Under this fund, roads connecting Gundlupet and Kollegal, Mysore and Nanjangud and Mysore and T. Narsipur would be upgraded into two-lane, the Minister said.

Decided

The government’s high-powered committed headed by the Chief Secretary had on Tuesday decided to re-tender two roads between Shikaripur–Shimoga–Hangal (108 km) and Basavanbagewadi to Raichur (109 km). These would be taken at a cost of Rs. 394 crore and Rs. 250 crore respectively, Dr. Mahadevappa said.

Replying to queries on the appointment of officials facing corruption charges in his department, the Minister said the government would not protect or defend any corrupt official.

The rules for the new sand extraction policy had been notified and this would enable the availability of sand at an affordable price of Rs. 7,500 in Bangalore, he added.

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