Shiradi Ghat to be closed again

Shiradi Ghat to be closed again

 The Shiradi Ghat road stretch which was opened to vehicular traffic last August, will be closed again for more than three months, starting January end or February first week.
Addressing the media in Bengaluru on Thursday, PWD Minister H C Mahadevappa said the second phase of concretisation works will be taken up shortly.

The second phase works costing around Rs 90 crore, will include asphalting from Gulagalale to Heggadde (21 km) and concretisation from Kempuhole to Addahole (13 km). The works would be completed in about three months, he added.

The first phase of concretisation (13 km) from Heggadde to Kempuhole had cost around Rs 70 crore. The road was closed for more than six months for the completion of those works. He also said that the proposed tunneling work would be taken up once the environment expert committee gives its report.

The minister said the existing six-lane Nelamangala-Tumakuru road will be upgraded to eight lanes. Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had recently directed the National Highways Authority of India to take up the road widening works owing to the heavy traffic density (60,000 passenger car units) and increasing accidents on the stretch, he added.

Mahadevappa said land acquisition for the Rs 2,300-crore six-lane Bengaluru-Mysuru highway project would begin in three months. Karnataka has a total 8,088.29 km of national highways after the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways declared 12 state highways as national highways.

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