Nelamangala-Hassan road to be widened

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The 154-km-long Nelamangala-Hassan section of National Highway 48 has been identified for four-laning on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis under the National Highway Development Project Phase III A.

A detailed project report is being prepared. It envisages the construction of bypasses at Kunigal, which falls in the Nelamangala-Hassan section, and at Tiptur on National Highway 206. For the latter a provision has been made in the current annual plan. However, acquisition of land is under litigation and the construction of the bypass will depend on the outcome, Union Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways K.H. Muniyappa told the Lok Sabha on Thursday, according to a Press Information Bureau release.

The 319-km-long National Highway 18 is a two-lane carriageway. In addition to making it four lanes up to Hassan under the National Highway Development Project, the 17.3-km. stretch from Bantwal Cross Road (B.C. Road) to Mangalore has been taken up for four-laning and will be completed by January 2008.

With regard to the 370-km. National Highway 206, it has a 191 km two-lane component and the remaining 179 km is less than two lanes in width. Work on widening 42 km is in progress and will be completed by March 2007. Provision has been made in the current year's annual plan for widening to two lanes another 13 km stretch. The widening of the remaining stretches to two lanes will be taken up in a phased manner in the subsequent annual plans depending on the availability of funds, Mr. Muniyappa said.