NHAI invites bids to prepare DPR for bypass

September 30, 2016 12:00 am | Updated November 01, 2016 09:55 pm IST - MANGALURU:

Proposal involves upgrading Mulky-Kateel-Kalpane-B.C. Road and B.C. Road-Thokkottu stretches as national highways

smoother commute:A view of the Thokkottu-Konaje-Mudipu Road, which is to be upgraded as a national highway.— FILE PHOTO

smoother commute:A view of the Thokkottu-Konaje-Mudipu Road, which is to be upgraded as a national highway.— FILE PHOTO

Those using National Highways 75 (Bengaluru-Mangaluru) and 66 (Kochi-Panvel) to travel beyond Mangaluru can heave a sigh of relief. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has begun preparations to construct a Mangaluru city bypass.

The bypass was announced by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari during his visit to the city in March, at the behest of Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha member Nalin Kumar Kateel. It involves upgrading the existing roads into national highways.

NHAI, without going for a pre-feasibility study, has decided to directly prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for the 91.2-km NH to hasten the process, said NHAI project director Z. Samson Vijay Kumar. October 7 is the deadline to submit bids to prepare the DPR.

The authority said it has been assigned the work of laying the Mangaluru city bypass, which will link the towns of Mulky-Kinnigoli-M. Koorkaveri-Kateel-Bajpe-Kaikamba-Polali Cross-Addur-Tenka Bellur-Kalpane-B.C. Road as well as B.C. Road-Pane Mangaluru-Melkar-Mudipu

-Thokkottu.

The bypass will enable vehicle users from north and south Mangaluru to avoid the busy city region and move towards Bengaluru, Kerala, or Udupi. Vehicles from Udupi towards Bengaluru can take a deviation on NH 66 at Mulky towards B.C. Road via the new NH, and vice-versa.

Similarly, vehicles from Kasaragod towards Bengaluru can take a deviation at Thokkottu on NH 66 towards B.C. Road on the new NH, and vice-versa.

Longer, but much faster

Though the distance covered on the bypass will be a couple of km more than the distance via Mangaluru, vehicle users stand save time, an NHAI officer said.

However, for those travelling only on NH 66 either towards Kerala or Udupi, using the bypass might not be economical as they will have to travel an additional 60 km or so.

Mr. Gadkari had pegged the project cost at Rs. 255 crore for the Mulky-Kateel-Bajpe-Kaikamba-B.C. Road stretch and at Rs. 280 crore for the B.C. Road-Melkar-Mudipu-Thokkottu stretch, which will be four-lane.

Meanwhile, NHAI is yet to proceed on another proposal cleared by Mr. Gadkari — converting the Karkala-Moodibidri-B.C. Road stretch into a national highway.

Proposed route for Mangaluru City bypass

Routes

Length

Road stretch

Road

Mulky-Kinnigoli_Moorkaveri

10 km

SH-70

Belthangady-

Mulky Road

Moorkaveri-Kateel-Bajpe

12 km

SH 67

Mangaluru-

Athradi Road

Bajpe-Kaikamba

6.5 km

SH 101

Surathkal-

Kabaka Road

Kaikamba-Polali Cross

2.5 km

NH 169

Sholapur-

Mangaluru NH

Polali Cross-Addur-Tenka

Bellur-Kalpane-BC Road

27 km

SH 101

Surathkal-

Kabaka Road

B.C. Road-Pane Mangaluru

5.2 km

NH 75

Mangaluru-

Bengaluru NH

Pane Mangaluru-Melkar-Mudipu-Thokkottu (4-lane)

27 km

MDR

Mani-Ullal

Road

Total

91.2 km

Legend:

SH: State Highway

NH: National Highway

MDR: Major District Road

Top News Today

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.