Work on GQ project almost complete

Mangalore, May 29 | Updated: May 30 2007, 05:30am hrs
Work on construction of national highways under the Golden Quadrilateral Project was underway and it was expected to be complete by 2009, Union minister of state for surface transport K H Muniyappa said on Tuesday.

The National Highways Development Project (NHDP) was being implemented in seven phases involving an investment of around Rs 2.27 lakh crore and the road development works were being taken up on priority, he told reporters here. Work on 7,300 km length of North-South and East-West corridors had been awarded for most of the stretches and it was expected to be completed by the next two years.

The government had approved implementation of upgradation of 12,230 kms as against the approved length of 12,019 km of National Highways under the NHDP phase III on BOT basis, Muniyappa said.

Another major thrust of the government was six-laning of 6,500 km of NH under phase V at an estimated cost of Rs 41,000 crore. This was targeted to be complete by 2012, he said.

The government also planned to construct 1,000 km of express highways under phase VI at a cost of Rs 16,680 crore, Muniyappa said.

Three estimates, amounting to Rs 30 crore, had been sanctioned by the ministry toward improvement of NH-48 in Shiradi Ghat, he said.

A survey would be conducted and orders issued for a four-lane link between Sakleshpur and Shiradi Ghat, he said adding the ministry had sought a report within one month.

An amount of Rs 11 crore had been sanctioned for repair and maintenance work of Surathkal-Kundapur section of NH-17 and the work was in progress, he said.