Staff Correspondent

Owing to movement of lorries, the road is in poor condition

  • Of the 60 km stretch of road, 30 km falls in the Dharwad district
  • The road is the shortest connecting route to tourist places such as Badami and Aihole

    HUBLI: Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has urged the Government to take up comprehensive development of the road leading to Goa from Dharwad.

    In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister and the Revenue Minister, KCCI has urged the Government to hand over the road to the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd.

    State Highway

    The road is a State Highway between Dharwad and Ramanagar. It joins the National Highway 4-A at Ramanagar. Of the 60 km stretch of road, 30 km falls in the Dharwad district (Dharwad to Alnavar) and the remaining in Belgaum district (Alnavar to Ramnagar), Mr Shankranna Munavalli, president of KCCI, M.C. Hiremath, vice-president and Mahendra Ladhad, honorary secretary, have said in the letter.

    The road is the shortest connecting route to tourist places such as Badami, Aihole, Pattadakallu, Hampi in north Karnataka from Goa.

    But owing to heavy traffic of manganese ore-laden trucks that go to ports in Goa, the road is in poor condition. Heavy vehicles are frequently stranded on the road causing traffic hold-ups, they have said.

    They have said that although Rs. 90 lakh was spent on repairing the road last year, rain has washed away the road. According to sources, Rs. 2 crore has been released for repair this year. They have contended that repair works will not help in improving the condition of the road and the State Highway has to be re-laid.

    Development

    They have mentioned that although it was proposed to take up development of the road under the State Highway Development Project, it has not taken off. They have urged the Government to develop the State Highway by entrusting the work to the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd.

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