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Govt green-lights Rs 1,622-cr highway project in Karnataka

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The government today approved a Rs 1,622-crore highway project in Karnataka under its flagship road-building programme NHDP.

“The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to development of the four-laning of the Hospet-Bellary-Karnataka/Andhra Pradesh border section of National Highway 63 in Karnataka,” a statement from the Road Transport and Highways Ministry said after the Cabinet meeting.

This work will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) phase-IV, the statement said, adding that the approval is on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis.

“The cost is estimated to be Rs 1,621.96 crore, including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities,” the statement said.

The total length of the road will be approximately 95.37 kms.

The government said about 3,88,728 mandays will be generated locally during the construction period of the highways, in line with the estimates that 4,076 mandays are required for building one kilometre of highways.

The main objective of the project is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in Karnataka and also in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying on the Hospet-Bellary-Karnataka/Andhra Pradesh Border sector of NH-63.

The development of this stretch will also help in uplifting the socio-economic condition of the regions concerned of the state and also increase employment potential for local labourers for the project activity.

PTI

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