Bangalore: Karnataka cabinet on Thursday decided to
develop 15,000 kms of main roads at a cost of Rs 13,363 crore
in the next two years.
In this, Karnataka`s share is around Rs 8,000 crore and
the remaining that of the Union government, Law Minister S
Suresh Kumar told reporters after a cabinet meeting, chaired
by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.
District-to-district, district-to-taluk and taluk-to-taluk
roads would be given priority in development, widening,
strengthening and upgradation of national highway, state
highway and rural roads, he said.
Of these, toll would be imposed in respect of 1,428 kms of
Karnataka would raise Rs 2,400 crore from private sources,
while Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited, which
would execute the project, would generate funds of Rs 2,000
crore, Suresh Kumar said.
He said an empowered committee had been formed under the
chairmanship of Chief Secretary to identify the roads, works
to be taken up and monitor the progress every month.
The minister said the cabinet also gave administrative
sanction for development of the 27-km Sandur-Hospet road at a
cost of Rs 96 crore, and 46.65 km Kudligi-Sandur-Toranagal
road -- both in Bellary region -- at a cost of Rs 140 crore.
Toll would be imposed on these roads, Suresh Kumar added.