Tender called for 4-laning of BC Rd and Gundya stretch
There is a glimmer of hope for commuters of the accident-prone road between Bengaluru and Mangaluru. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has called for a tender for four-laning of the BC Road-Gundya stretch.
Though a tender was awarded earlier and work was inaugurated by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in 2016, it had to be abandoned due to technical issues. Since then, road construction has been in limbo. This 63-km is a crucial link passing through towns and then patches of forests.
The project is estimated to cost Rs 1,788.62 crore. In the first phase, 14.567 km of road from Addahole to Periyashanti will be constructed at a cost of Rs 322.64 crore while the second phase from Periyashanti to BC Road, a 45-km stretch, will be taken up later. An elevated highway will come up over Kalladka town. “This is the main road connecting to Mangaluru, but travelling on it is a pain. As most of the travel happens at night time, we end up getting a backache each time we drive to Mangaluru,” said Rakesh Rai, a techie. Naveen Gowda, a businessman, said, the condition of the road was okay up to Hassan. “However, from Hassan bypass, it is a nightmare till we reach BC Road. The four-laning project has been pending for a long time and there has been numerous protests to repair the road but nothing has been done,” he said.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had recently said that the tunnelling project at Shiradi ghat will be taken up soon. Gadikari had said that three road projects for improving the safety by providing protective measures on Hill slopes in Shiradi Ghat on NH-75, Charmadi Ghat on NH-73 and Sampaje Ghat on NH-275 amounting to Rs.115 crore have been sanctioned.
According to NHAI, the ghat tunnel would be 23.60-km long and the project cost was pegged at Rs.10,000 crore. It would be a series of six tunnels. The series of tunnels will be connected with bridges while the longest bridge on the Shiradi ghat stretch would be 1.50-km-long and the tallest pier supporting one of the bridges would be at a height of 100 metres. It would be a two-lane tunnel with 10.50 m carriage way and an emergency lane.