Staff Reporter

Survey work for widening of highways under way

’Upgrading of state highways will have to wait’

BANGALORE: Even as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has taken up work on widening of around 600 km of its highway in Karnataka, survey work for widening nearly 650 km of three national highways passing through the State into four lanes is under way.

Disclosing this to presspersons here on Saturday, Union Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways K.H. Muniyappa said that the widening work would be taken up in six months, and that the survey would be completed shortly.

The survey work is being carried out on NH 13 between Hospet and Chitradurga, a distance of around 200 km; NH 63 between Gutti (Andhra Pradesh) and Ankola for a distance of 350 km; NH 13 between Bijapur and Solapur for a distance of 71 km and NH 4 Chittoor and Ranipet, for a distance of 100 km.

Proposal to wait

The Minister also said that though Karnataka had sent a proposal to upgrade nearly 2,000 km of state highways into national highways, they would not be done until the upgradation of work of existing national highways are completed.

Target

“Some 66,500 km of NHs would be widened into four lanes by 2012, and till that time no state highways would be upgraded. Similar requests have come from other States too,” he added.

On the status of work on national highways, he said while 5,500 km was completed, 15,000 are nearing completion and work is in progress on 7,300 km.

Expressway and PRR

Talking about the peripheral ring road project for Bangalore and the expressway project connecting Bangalore city to the international airport at Devanahalli — which have been offered to NHAI by the State Government for execution — Mr. Muniyappa said that the NHAI was getting the detailed project report (DPR) ready for both the projects.

While NHAI has asked its consultant to prepare DPR for the peripheral ring road project, the BMRDA consultant who worked on the expressway project has been asked to prepare DPR for expressway according to the standards prescribed by the NHAI, he added. He said that the DPRs for the projects would be ready in a couple of months, and the financial viability of these projects would be known only later.

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