In a major thrust to infrastructure development in Karnataka, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry, on December 10, 2019, gave the nod for 22 green express highways in Karnataka, worth Rs 1.5 lakh crores. This includes a new alignment of the Pune-Bengaluru Express Highway, which will be completed in the next few years, at a cost of Rs 50,000 crores.
We have just sanctioned projects worth more than Rs 1.5 lakh crores for the state. The annual infrastructure plan for Karnataka was Rs 2,150 crores, which we decided to increase to Rs 3,990 crores, Gadkari said. “We are making 22 green express highways. Today, we cleared the Pune-Bengaluru project as a ‘green express highway’, with a new alignment of 600 kms, costing about Rs 50,000 crores,” he said.
Gadkari said his ministry and the state had sanctioned 2,300 kms of new roads, where the detailed project report was ready. The bidding process would start soon, he said. Another important infrastructure project of the ring road in Bengaluru was also resolved, with the centre agreeing to the state’s request, to bear 80% of the land acquisition cost, he said.
India to construct 65,000 kms of highways by 2022: Road transport minister
65,000 kms of highways will be constructed across India by 2022, under the Bharatmala Pariyojana programme, at a cost of over Rs 5.35 lakh crores, the government has informed the Lok Sabha
February 8, 2019: Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari, on February 7, 2019, said that 65,000 kms of highways will be constructed across the country at a cost of over Rs 5.35 lakh crores, by 2022. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, the minister said the Bharatmala Pariyojana is an umbrella programme, comprising 65,000 kms of highways, out of which 24,800 kms of highways fall along economic corridors, inter-corridors, feeder routes and border roads.
All these highways, along with 10,000 kms of residual National Highway Development Project stretches, have been envisaged for construction under Phase-I of the Pariyojana over a period of five years from 2017-18 to 2021-22, for which Rs 5,35,000 crores have been earmarked, he said during the Question Hour.
The minister said the mode of implementation for construction of road stretches under this scheme, has been planned in such a manner, so as to ensure expeditious implementation. In order to achieve completion within the time-frame, the progress of projects under the Bharatmala Pariyojana are monitored regularly to ensure timely completion of the detailed project report or feasibility study and civil works for the projects.
Already, 137 road projects, having an aggregate length of about 6,530 kms, have been awarded and are in various stages of implementation, he said.
Referring to the ‘Chardham’ projects connecting Hindu shrines in Uttarakhand, Gadkari said an expenditure of Rs 1,800 crores had been incurred till date, for projects under the programme. The original target date of completion of the Chardham program was March 2020. However, the programme has been delayed, due to litigation related to forest and environment clearance in various courts (the NGT and the Supreme Court) and the exact date of completion of the program will depend upon final outcome of the same, he said.