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Bangalore-Mysore State highway to be six-lane

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Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. has shown interest in project

After the upgrading, road-users will have to pay toll

The six-lane road is likely to be completed by 2012

BANGALORE: The Bangalore-Mysore State highway will be upgraded from four to six lanes, and Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. has exhibited interest in developing the road, according to Minister for Public Works C.M. Udasi.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, he said technical bids would be opened soon for developing the road between the two cities.

After the upgrading, road-users will have to shell out a toll.

The six-lane road is likely to be completed by 2012. Presently, the use of Bangalore-Mysore road is toll-free.

Other roads such as the Bangalore-Raichur corridor via Bagalkot (Hungund-Lingsugur), the Hiriyur-Bellary-Raichur road and the Gulbarga-Bijapur-Belgaum road via Jewargi, Athani and Chikkodi would be developed on public-private partnership. The Government has decided to rope in private companies for developing three major roads under the BOT scheme: Yelahanka to Kudumalakunte in Andhra Pradesh (137.16 km), Arsikere to Pandavapura (107.20 km), Hoskote to Chintamani (44.95 km), Mundargi to Koppal (31.83 km) Hoskote to Tekal (31.83 km) and Hoskote till the Tamil Nadu border (53 km), Mr. Udasi said.

Under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), Rs. 381 crore had been spent and 1,465 km of road developed in 2008-09. Under the national highway category, the State had spent Rs. 215 crore and completed 100 works, he said.

All those developed on public-private partnership (PPP) would be toll roads. About 10,000 km of road would be developed on PPP model by 2012.

Benefits

Mr. Udasi said the quality of roads would reduce travelling time and accidents and cut down fuel consumption.

As per the recommendations of the High Powered Committee for Redressal of Regional Imbalances, the department had sanctioned Rs. 230 crore for taking up roadworks in 144 backward taluks.

The Minister said the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal (KAT) had struck down the appointment of 1,347 employees of the department on the ground that the previous government had violated the recruitment rules while appointing them.

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