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State awaits nod for land acquisition for Pune-Bengaluru highway, ET Infra


PUNE: The state is awaiting the Centre’s clearance to its detailed project report (DPR) for starting the land acquisition process for the proposed 699km Pune-Bengaluru highway under the Bharatmala project.

The highway is expected to reduce the travel time between the two IT cities to seven hours as against 12 hours taken currently. It will also reduce the distance between the two cities by almost 100km. Of the total 699km of the proposed highway, 206km will pass through Maharashtra and the remaining will be in Karnataka. “More than 2,000 hectares will be acquired for the project from 119 villages in Pune, Satara and Sangli districts,” a senior official of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) said on Wednesday.

MSRDC is helping the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to expedite land acquisition in the state for the highway. The official said, “The proposed highway from Kanjale to Muthagadahalli is a part of Phase 2 of the Bharatmala project. The final clearance from the Centre regarding the funds and DPR is awaited.”

NHAI officials too confirmed that they were following up with the Centre on the clearance. A senior NHAI official from Mumbai said the clearance was expected in September. “Once the clearance is in, we will expedite the acquisition of 2,233 hectares from the three districts in Maharashtra. The remaining land [5,456 hectares] will be acquired by the Karnataka government in 12 districts,” an NHAI official said.

Kanjale, the originating point of the project in Maharashtra, is a part of the outer Pune ring road. So, MSRDC is implementing the project. According to road experts, the new highway would help improve the road connectivity between Pune and Bengaluru because the existing Pune-Bengaluru highway (NH-4) was almost saturated.

The highway from Kanjale to Muthagadahalli on the Satellite Ring Road in Bengaluru would be expandable up to eight lanes. Its design speed is 120kmph, officials said.

  • Published On Jul 27, 2023 at 03:12 PM IST

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