Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dedicated the long-awaited Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway to the nation along with laying the foundation stones of various key projects in Karnatana. The Mysuru-Kushalnagar four-lane highway is also among the projects on which the work commence today.
Noting the national buzz around the Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway, the Prime Minister said that the youth of the country are feeling proud of such modern and high-quality expressways. He informed that this expressway has reduced the travel time between Mysuru and Bengaluru by half. He also highlighted laying the foundation stone for the Mysuru-Kushalnagar 4-lane highway and said that these projects will further the spirit of ‘Sabka Vikas’ and open the gates of prosperity.
Remembered two great personalities, Krishnaraja Wadiyar and Sir M Visvesvaraya for their contributions in infrastructure development in the country, Modi said the great sons of Karnataka gave a new vision and strength to the country. “These dignitaries turned calamity into opportunity and understood the importance of infrastructure and the current generation is fortunate to reap the benefits of their efforts”, Modi said.
Expressway to pass through heritage towns
Noting that the Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway crosses through the heritage towns of Ramnagar and Mandya, the PM remarked that the potential for tourism will not only get a boost but accessibility to the birthplace of Maa Kaveri will also be made possible. He pointed out that the Bengaluru-Mangaluru highway which had always been affected by landslides during the monsoons impacting the port connectivity in the region will be addressed by the widening of the Bengaluru-Mangaluru highway. He said that the industries in the region will also start to flourish with the increased connectivity.
Chief minister of Karnataka Basvaraj Bommai, Union minister for road transport and highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari and Union minister for coal Pralhad Joshi, et al, were present on the occasion.
The rapid pace of development of infrastructure projects has been a testament to the vision of the Prime Minister to ensure world-class connectivity across the country. In this endeavor, the Prime Minister dedicated the Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway to the nation. The project involves 6-laning of the Bengaluru-Nidaghatta-Mysuru section of NH-275. The 118 Km long project has been developed at a total cost of around Rs 8480 crores. It will reduce the travel time between Bengaluru and Mysuru from around 3 hours to about 75 minutes. It will act as a catalyst for socioeconomic development in the region.
The PM also laid the foundation stone for Mysuru-Kushalnagar 4-lane highway. Spread over 92 Km, the project will be developed at the cost of around Rs 4130 crores and will play a key role in boosting the connectivity of Kushalnagar with Bengaluru. Travel time will be reduced from about 5 hours to only 2.5 hours.