B C Road-Surathkal stretch to be strengthened: MP

B C Road-Surathkal stretch to be strengthened: MP

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has given approval for strengthening the B C Road-Surathkal stretch under the Sagarmala project.

He was speaking after inaugurating the Road Under Bridge (RUB) on NH 73 at Padil on Wednesday. "The Ministry has issued an order to prepare DPR for Rs 500 crore. The work on the DPR will commence shortly. The strengthening of the highway stretch includes work on drains with raised footpaths, in the urban limits with road safety measures," he said.

The MP said that the Sagarmala project will have a three-lane flyover at Surathkal on NH 66. The minor bridges at Bykampady, Brahmarakootlu and Arkula will be repaired, while another minor bridge will be constructed at Brahmarakootlu. The major bridge across River Gurpura at Kuloor, the ROBs at Bykampady and B C Road, the three-lane flyover at Kottara, grade separator at KPT, overpass at Nanthoor, and two-lane flyover at B C Road will be reconstructed. A will be constructed. There will also be widening of the service road on sections of the NH 66 between Surathkal and Kuntikana, the service road on B C Road stretch, and construction of a new service road on selected sections of NH 73 at B C Road and, on selected sections on NH 66 between Surathkal and Kottara.

"Maintenance of the B C Road-Surathkal stretch was a problem owing to legal and technical hurdles. The maintenance of the stretch will be taken up at a cost of Rs 10 crore. The work will commence within a week. The work on widening and upgrade of the stretch will also be taken up," he explained.

Further, the MP said that Rs 9,000 crore has been sanctioned to Dakshina Kannada for the development of national highways during the NDA tenure in the last four years. The work on concreting the 65-km road from B C Road to Addahole has been initiated.

"Traffic snarls frightening travellers between Mangaluru and B C Road at Padil has been solved with the completion of the RUB. The work taken up in February 2013 was delayed owing to technical problem. The work on the RUB has been completed at a cost of Rs 16. 50 crore," the MP said, adding, "Without the RUB, vehicles were moving under the old narrow RUB although the NH on both the sides had made four-lane under the Port Connectivity Project of NHAI. Concrete box pushing technology was adopted for the construction of the RUB after inserting a temporary steel girder beneath the railway lines."

With the commissioning of a new RUB, the old RUB will be closed down for traffic temporarily. The old RUB, which has steel girders, would also get concrete boxes for enhanced, he said.

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