Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation lay the foundation stone for 138.5 km of highways projects worth Rs 873.5 crores in Shimoga district in Karnataka on Monday. Gadkari is on a two day official tour of the state where he will lay the foundation stone for over 500 km of highways projects worth over Rs 3700 crores in the districts of Shimoga, Bellary, Bidar, Bijapur and Hubli.
The Minister informed that 6805 Km of National Highways have been declared in Karnataka between 2014-2017, as against only 6760 km upto 2014. With this the total length of national highways in the state has gone upto 13565 Km, including 6433 km declared in principle.
He said, while there are 105 ongoing projects of length 2795 km worth Rs 19,638 Crores, another 19 projects of length 230 km and cost Rs 1676 crore will soon be awarded. 34 projects of length 4000 km and costing Rs 25000 crores have already been tendered while DPR is being prepared for 34 more projects.