Bengaluru, Jan 15: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Friday laid the foundation stone for two National Highway projects in Karnataka, to be taken up at a cost of Rs 323 crore.
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, Union ministers Pralhad Joshi, D V Sadanand Gowda and V K Singh participated, among others, in the event held virtually.
The projects pertain to construction of elevated corridor at Rani Chennamma Circle in Hubballi city and construction of four-lane road and minor bridge near Dastikop, Kalghatgi taluk on NH 63.
These projects will boost the socio-economic development of Hubballi and Dharwad and strengthen the road network in the State, Minister Gadkari said after laying the foundation stone.
Elevated corridor at Rani Chennamma Circle and four-laning of NH Road near Dastikoppa village in the Hubballi-Dharwad area will reduce travel time from railway junction to airport, Gadkari said adding that this will also make the road safer and reduce pollution. Four-laning in Dastikoppa village will reduce accidents and enable unhindered traffic between Dharwad and Karwar cities which are the industrial and educational hub of the state, he added.