From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network
Bengaluru, Jan 21: Union minister for National Highways and Road Transport Nitin Gadkari has approved the Rs 1200 crore project to upgrade the existing 2-lane Shiradi Ghat Road into 4-lane highway.
Shiradi Ghat is a major lifeline and link road to the coastal region from Bengaluru and is very crucial for the development of the entire coastal region as also the malnad region of Karnataka.
The National Highways Authority of India would take up the project and complete it in 2 years, Gadkari said.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has assured full cooperation and speedy approvals for implementing the project.
Shiradi ghat road needs immediate upgradation as it is usually in pitiable condition during the monsoon season and unmotorable and landslides leads to blockage of the entire stretch for days together.
The Union government has cleared the proposal to upgrade the Shiradi Ghat Road into a 4-lane highway.
With the upgradation, the entire stretch of highway between Bengaluru and Mangaluru would become a 4-lane road. The 4-laning of national highway 75 will accelerate the economic growth of the region.
The Union Minister has also instructed the NHAI to study the proposal to build a 6-lane tunnel through the Shiradi Ghat.