Gadkeri lays foundation stone for 2 NH projects in Karnataka with estimated investment of Rs 323 cr

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January 15, 2021

Nitin Gadkari lays foundation stone of 33 NH projects worth nearly Rs  11,000 crore in Karnataka | The Samikhsya

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.

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February 26,2021

Lorry strike continues, enters 7th day

Bengaluru, Feb 26: The day-long strike in support of the Bharat Bandh call given by the CAIT on Friday in protest against the rising fuel prices among others, was largely successful as majority of trucks and goods-carrying vehicles did not ply on highways across the state.

The Karnataka State Lorry Owners and Agents Association (KSLO&AA) came out in full support of the Bharat Bandh-call given by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) to protest against the rising fuel prices, Goods and Services Tax, E-Bill etc.

KSLO&AA President G.R. Shanmugappa said that around 75,000 trucks that operate in Bengaluru — both up and down — were off the roads. “We did not disturb supply of daily essential commodities like milk, medicine and fruits and vegetables, but our strike was largely successful,” he said.

He also told reporters that transporters across the country have been using the latest amendment in the GST laws, which has halved the validity of the E-way bill, a permit associated with the inter-state and intra-state movement of goods, from 100 km per day, to 200 km per day.

“Penalties for a truck carrying a consignment with an expired E-way bill, or with an erroneous E-way bill amount to 200 per cent of the tax value, or 100 percent of the invoice value under Section 129 of CGST Act, 2017,” he explained.
According to him, a lorry owner in the changed tax and fuel regime was forced to shell out around Rs 1,000 extra just to pass from Nelamnagala to Attibele, which is around 35 km.

“This is a classic case how cost has become unmanageable to transporters. Therefore, both union government and state governments need to be more sympathetic towards us and must agree to roll back their back breaking taxes, toll charges and fuel prices,” he appealed.

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February 28,2021

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Udupi, Feb 28: A 45-year-old man was killed on the spot when a speeding car knocked down his motorbike at Sastana, Kota in Udupi district today.

The deceased has been identified as Subhash Amin, a resident of Kota Bannadi and a civil contractor by profession. 

The tragedy occurred when he was riding towards Udupin from Bannady for work. He is survived by his mother, wife and a small child. 

The car was driving by a priest of a church from Kundapur. He was arrested by the local police. 

A case was registered at Kota police station and investigations are on.

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February 24,2021

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Mysuru, Feb 24: A schoolboy has reportedly managed to escape a leopard attack by piercing its eye with his finger, at Beeregowdanahundi, near Kadakola, in Mysuru taluk of Karnataka.

12-year-old Nandan Kumar became talk of the town after he was successful in chasing the wild cat. But, he sustained bite injuries on his neck and shoulders, as the animal attacked him. He is being treated at a private hospital in Mysuru and is recuperating.

The incident occurred on February 22. It is said that Nandan Kumar was feeding his cow at his farmhouse near Kadakola. There is a 140-acres vacant land that belongs to KPTCL, adjoining their farmhouse. The vacant land has wild growth of bushes.

The leopard that was hiding nearby suddenly pounced on Nandan, when he was feeding the cow. The boy, in an effort to escape from its hold, without fear, pierced his finger on one of its eyes. The wild cat, which did not expect the counter-attack, released its hold on him and escaped into the bushes.
Shocked over the incident, the residents of Kadakola, KM Hundi, BG Hundi and K N Hundi staged a protest in front of the KPTCL office, demanding them to clear the bushes on the premises.

RFO Girish said, "Usually leopards do not attack humans. For the first time, a leopard attacking a boy has been reported in the district. The boy is out of danger and is responding to the treatment. However, we have received no information on the boy piercing the leopard’s eye."

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