Expressway work to start in May

Public Works Minister H C Mahadevappa on Tuesday informed the Legislative Council that the work on the Mysuru-Bengaluru six-lane expressway would begin in May this year.

Replying to B J Puttaswamy (BJP), the minister said that about 85% of the survey work has been completed. The National Highways Authority of India would be building six lanes of tolled road and four lanes of toll-free service road. The state government has completed land acquisition for the work. The expressway would begin at Vishwa Vokkaligara Mutt near NICE road, Kengeri and end at the Ring Road in Mysuru. The total length is going to be 117.3 km and the total cost would be Rs 5,500 crore.

Mahadevappa said the 113 km Hassan-BC Road four-lane expressway work would begin from March this year.

Replying to Kota Srinivasa Poojary (BJP), the minister said the work between Hassan and Maranahalli (48 km at a cost of Rs 573 crore) has been given to Isolux Corsan, while the work between Addahole and BC Road (65 km at a cost of Rs 822 crore) would be taken up by L&T.

In the first phase, 13 km-stretch of concrete road has been constructed on the Shiradi Ghat stretch. The second phase was entrusted to GVR Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, Chennai. But, as the company failed to begin work even after 13 months of taking up the work, the contract was terminated. The company has moved the high court questioning the government’s decision.
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