Dakshina Kannada District To Get Multi- Crore Boost For Road Infrastructure
Tha national highway infrastructure of Dakshina Kannada district is set to get a multi-crore power. The foundation stone for a series of projects will be laid by Union minister for road transport and highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday.
As proposed on Sunday, Gadkari will also lay the foundation stone for the Kulai fishing harbour which is worth ₹196.51 crore via video conferencing from Delhi, said MP Nalin Kumar Kateel.
Nalin said the projects for which foundation stone will be laid include Rs 1,163 crore four-lane concrete road from Bikkaranakatte to Sanoor Junction on NH 169. A detailed project report (DPR) for this road was done years ago and the project execution was delayed due to difference between the state government and MoRTH over the proposed width of the road. While MoRTH wanted it to be 45metres, the state wanted it at 30metres.
The much touted city bypass road for which a demand was placed before Gadkari during his last visit to the city is also set to materialise. This 91.20-km road starting at Mulki and ending at Thokkottu will be constructed at a cost of Rs 2,500 crore, the MP said, adding this bypass will facilitate all commercial and heavy vehicles to move towards Bengaluru and Kasaragod without having to enter the city, thereby decongesting the city.
Likewise, the foundation stone for a new six-lane road, including a new three-lane bridge across the Phalguni River at Kuloor will be laid at a cost of Rs 60 crore, the MP said. These new road projects will ensure that the road infrastructure of the district is fully met in accordance with present needs of the district, the MP said.
At the same time, requisite approvals have been received for national highway-related projects for which no formal foundation stone has been laid. This includes construction of a bridge across Gurupur at a cost of Rs 39.42 crore and widening the B C Road-Punjalkatte Road at a cost of Rs 98 crore. The work of asphalting the existing NH 169 stretch between Kulshekar-Karkala will be executed at a cost of Rs 12 crore, the MP said.
Maintenance work of NH 234 between Punjalkatte and Charmadi will be taken up at a cost of Rs 10 crore. Asphalting work of NH 275 stretch between Punjalkatte and Sampaje will be undertaken at a cost of Rs 20 crore. The work of repairing the road that was hit by a mini-landslide at Kethikal has been completed at a cost of Rs 22 lakh, he said, adding the B C Road to Surathkal stretch of Port Connectivity Road will be asphalted at a cost of Rs 24 crore.