Staff Correspondent

Cost of the project estimated at Rs. 443.87 crore

125.52-km stretch to be a two-lane road

Highway connecting Mysore and Nanjangud will be upgraded: Dhruvanarayana

MYSORE: The Union Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways will upgrade State highway 17, connecting Mysore and Ooty, to national highway 212.

Starting from Kerala border, NH 212 will pass through Gundlupet, Nanjangud, Mysore, T. Narsipur and join NH 209 at Uttamballi Junction in Kollegal taluk of Chamarajanagar district.

The decision to upgrade SH 17 to NH 212 was taken at a meeting of the Standing Finance Committee held on April 15. Disclosing this at a press conference, Chamarajanagar MP R. Dhruvanarayana said that two-laning of NH 212 would be taken up on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis with private-public participation at an estimated cost of Rs. 443.87 crore.

He said that 125.52-km stretch of the 151-km-long NH 212 would be a two-lane road. The Union Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways issued a notification in this regard on April 28, Mr. Dhruvanarayana said.

According to the notification, 125.52-km stretch of the highway that passes through Bandipur forest, Gundlupet town limits and leading to Nanjangud would developed as a two-lane road with a width ranging from 7 m to 10 m, he said. The highway connecting Mysore and Nanjangud, which was in a bad shape would be developed as a two-lane road with a width 15 m. Two bridges would be constructed as part of the upgrading project, the MP said.

Five companies had been identified to execute the project and July 5 had been fixed as the deadline for the companies to submit finance proposal. The land acquisition process had already started and Rs. 30 crore earmarked for the purpose, he said. “In all probability, work on upgrading the highway will commence by November,” he said.