BENGALURU: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has issued letter of award (LOA) for two national highways sections in Karnataka on engineering-procurement-contract (EPC) mode under the national highways development project.
The projects are: Four laning of 144 km Hubli-Hospet section at an expenditure of Rs 2293 crore and four/six laning of 95 km Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border section of Hospet-Ballari at an expenditure of Rs 1625 crore. The first project was awarded to the joint venture of BSCPL-KNR, and the second to Gammon India.
The Hubli-Hospet section connects district headquarters of Gadag, Koppal, Hubballi-Dharwad to Hospet town which is home to many iron and steel industries. The 95 km long Hospet-Bellary-Karnataka/AP border section falls in Ballari district and covers towns like Hospet, Toranagallu and Bellary. Hampi, near Hospet, is a world heritage site and attracts large number of tourists.
While the Hubballi-Hospet will take three years for completion, the Ballari-Hospet section will require two years. According to NHAI, development of Hubli-Hospet-Bellary-Karnataka/Andhra border section would not only facilitate transportation of minerals, iron, steel and coal but also promote tourism. This section is also a crucial link between eastern and western coasts of the country.
Credits ET Realty