Residents of Bengaluru and Mysuru can breathe a sigh of relief as the work to widen the road connecting the two cities has commenced. Karnataka Public Works Department Minister HD Revanna is optimistic that the project will be completed sooner than expected.
Though the project has a three-year deadline, Revanna is confident that it will be done in two years due to the track record of the contractor. The bushes around the road were cleared last week in preparation for the widening of the road.
The project will take place in two phases, reports Bangalore Mirror, since it is one of the busiest roads in the state. The Bengaluru-Nidaghatta stretch will first be worked upon. This road is 56.2 km long. The second phase will concentrate on the Nidaghatta-Mysuru segment which spans 64.4 km.
The budget for this project is Rs 4,149 crore.
The report says that toll booths will be set up at Bidadi, Srirangapatna, Channapatna, Maddur, Mandya and Ramanagar.
With flyovers constructed at strategic locations - Bidadi and Maddur, authorities feel that the travellers' commute time will also be shortened considerably. Currently, it takes up to four hours to navigate the 140 km stretch.