The four-laning of National Highway 212 connecting Kollegal with Karnataka-Kerala border near Moolehole will be taken up at a cost of Rs. 523 crore under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model and the final (3-D) notification has been issued.
The long-delayed project is expected to ease the traffic on the Mysore-Nanjangud-Gundlupet stretch, which has become motorists’ nightmare, and the 150.78-km stretch of road will be a tollway entailing the contractor to collect a fee for 14 years. The ground-breaking ceremony will be taken up within three months and the National Highway Authority of India will complete the work in two years.
This was disclosed by Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Sarvey Sathyanarayana at a press conference here on Friday. The Minister who inspected the highway between Gundlupet and Nanjangud earlier, said that the 18.8-km stretch between Moolehole and Gundlupet which passes through the forests will have a carriage width of 7 m earthen shoulders while the Mysore-Nanjangud stretch of 21.5 km will be a four-lane highway of 15 m carriage width in addition to paved shoulders. The remaining stretch of the highway which will connect Uttamballi near Kollegal, will have a carriage width of 10 m apart fro paved shoulders and will be a two-way lane, said the Minister. “The DPR for the expansion has been finalised and the project is before the PPP appraisal committee,” he added.
In addition to the expansion of NH 212, the State government has come forward with a detailed project report on upgrading 23 State highways stretching up to 4382 km in length, to National Highways, the Minister said.
The total length of the national highways in the State is 4,491 km out of which 1,370 km has been handed over to NHAI for development under the National Highway Development Project. As of now, 3121 km of national highway is vested with the State National Highway zone for maintenance and improvements and NHAI has taken up planning and preparation of DPR for 1381 km of highway in the State, said the Minister.
The Minister said a portion of NH 212 passes through the Bandipur National Park and hence speed limits would be imposed on motorists and all rules pertaining to forests and conservation would be adhered to. He conceded that the National Highways in Karnataka was not as well developed as in other States but efforts would be made to release more funds to give a boost to the National Highway works to improve connectivity.