The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday approved the six-laning of a 61-km stretch of the National Highway (NH)-275 between Mysuru and Nidagatta in the Bengaluru district in Karnataka.
"The project road is a section of NH-275 connecting the two prominent cities in the state of Karnataka, that is Bengaluru the commercial capital and Mysuru the cultural capital. Also, it links important places like Mangalore, Kodagu, parts of Kerala, to Bangalore," a government release said.
The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 2,919.81 crore including the cost of land acquisition and pre-construction activities. The civil construction cost is approximately Rs 2,028.93 crore, it said.
The existing four-lane road has already crossed its capacity, resulting in traffic jams and accidents. The road passes through congested and thickly populated towns like Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna.
"The project would also provide employment opportunities to locals during project construction. An employment potential of 248,000 mandays will be generated locally during the construction period of the stretch," it said.
With the widening and improvement of the highway, the areas would experience greater economic growth resulting in higher employment opportunities for locals, it added.
The upgradation to six-laning along with seven-metre service roads on each side and construction of bypasses at Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna and grade-separating structures will greatly reduce the time and cost of travel, particularly of the heavy traffic plying in the region, it said.
The provision for by-passes will ensure decongestion of the urban areas of Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna. An elevated road has been proposed in the dense built-up areas of Maddur.
The project entails construction of service roads of about 60.35 km on both sides, which would facilitate movement of local traffic in the inhabited/urbanised areas. Bus shelters were also being developed at 21 places along the stretch.