BANGALORE: Work on the state government’s ambitious road upgradation project will begin from March.
Minister for Public Works Department C M Udasi on Friday claimed that the Rs 1,151.67 crore upgradation work on nine roads measuring about 616 kms would begin from March, as the department had issued work order to the bidders.
The project which is being funded by the Asian Development Bank is expected to complete in two to three years from the date of commencement of the work.
All the roads will be of 7 metres width with two-lanes. The minister said that the foundation stone laying ceremony for Padubidri- Karkala road will be held on January 15 in which CM is expected to take part.
This apart, the state government has also proposed to develop 562 kms of state highways with the assistance from the World Bank.
These works have been divided into four packages namely - Malavalli -Maddur- Tumkur - Madhugiri - Pavagad (190.36 kms, Rs 559.75 crore), Mudhol -Kabbur - Chikkodi (107.94 kms, Rs 317.6 crore), Shimoga -Shikaripur - Togarsi- Hangal (153.67 kms, Rs 397.44 crore), Manguli - Talikoti - Hunasagi - Devpur (61.31 kms, Rs 248.08 crore).
Udasi said that the department had already received technical bids from the contractors and it had been sent to the World Bank for its perusal. “Once the clearance comes from the World Bank, the process of tender for actual work will begin,” the minister said.
The state government has also identified three roads as toll-roads. These roads are: Ginigera- Gangavati-Sindhanur ( 83kms, Rs 193 crore), Lingasguru - Kalmala -Devasuguru via Raichur (102 kms, Rs 271 crore) and Shimoga -Honnali -Harihara ( 78 kms, Rs 136 crore). The pre-qualified bids for these projects have already been called for, the minister added.