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Bengaluru-Mysuru highway widening to begin on Jan 8

BENGALURU

Eight months after the foundation stone for the Bengaluru-Mysuru road widening project was laid in March 2018, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said the civil works will commence from January 8. The announcement was made after he held a review meeting on the progress of various national highway projects in the State on Saturday.

Land acquisition was one of the biggest hurdles for the much-delayed project. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) — the agency executing it — will build six-lane roads between Bengaluru and Mysuru in two packages (see graphics). This is in addition to the existing lanes.

The project is likely to take 2.5 years to complete. The scope of the work also includes construction of nine major bridges, 44 minor bridges, and four ROBs.

Additional Chief Secretary of Public Works Department Rajneesh Goel said: “The meeting primarily focussed on sorting out certain issues for executing the project. It could be taken up only after 80% of the identified land was acquired, and that has been already achieved. There were issues of relocating a water pipeline in Mandya. Instructions have been given by the Chief Minister to the department concerned to take necessary action.”

At Saturday’s meeting, Kumaraswamy also instructed the officials to take action on getting clearance from the Forest Department, de-notification of KRDCL land, processing of revenue land records, and other red tape.

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