Union Labour and Employment Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge has directed officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to draft a proposal for getting approval from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for a new national highway connecting Gulbarga with Solapur, passing through Afzalpur, covering a distance of 120 km.

Chairing a vigilance and monitoring committee meeting here on Friday, he said converting the Gulbarga–Solapur road into national highway would provide better connectivity to Mumbai–Hyderabad National Highway, Humnabad–Belgaum National Highway, and the proposed National Highway connecting Gulbarga with Adoni in Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. Kharge said the Gulbarga–Solapur highway would provide better connectivity to the temple town of Deval Ganagapur that has the famous Dattatreya Temple, which was visited by pilgrims from all over the country especially from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

The national highway would improve inter-State connectivity and reduce traffic on the existing national highways, he said.

Mr. Kharge said the Ministry had decided to convert a 125-km stretch from Gulbarga city, passing through Wadi and Yadgir, and terminating at Krishna in Andhra Pradesh, into a national highway. Work on this would begin soon, he said.

Similarly, the 64-km stretch from Hagari in Karnataka to Mantralayam in Andhra Pradesh, connecting Raichur in Karnataka and Mahbubnagar and Jadcherla in Andhra Pradesh would be made national highways.

NHAI officials assured the Minister that works on strengthening the Kurikota bridge at a cost Rs. 6 crore would be completed soon. On the delay in improving the Yadgir–Sedam State Highway, taken up under the Central Road Fund (CRF) at a cost of Rs. 71 crore, the officials told the Minister that the delay was mainly because of restriction from Forest Department on cutting trees to widen the road.

Of the 52-km stretch, 21 km passed through forest and reserve forest land.

This had delayed works, they said. Work on the remaining 31-km stretch would be completed by March, they added.

Mr. Kharge directed the Forest Department to grant permission at the earliest to complete the work.

  • This highway will provide better connectivity to Deval Ganagapur, says Union Minister

  • ‘It will also improve inter-State connectivity and reduce traffic on existing national highways’