Monday, August 31, 2009

Speed up infrastructure projects: Moily

Speed up infrastructure projects: Moily

Plans are afoot to extend the 10-lane
carriageway from Hosur to Electronic City

M Raghuram. Mangalore



Union law minister Veerappa Moily is keen on completing all infrastructure projects pending in the state on a fast track to help Karnataka to go up in the ranks of the national development index.
"As the recession is coming to an end, the state needs to hurry up with infrastructure projects to go up in the ranks of the national development index," said Moily, who is also a member in the national infrastructure committee.
The Union government is examining a few infrastructure projects in the state which need to be completed immediately.
They include the elevated National Highway project on NH 7 between Silk Board and Electronic City and the 38 kilometer stretch between Mukka and BC Road in Mangalore City.
"The committee headed by the prime minister has recently viewed the infrastructure needs of different states on a priority basis.
The state needs to complete all its infrastructure projects, especially the projects taken up by National Highway Authority (NAHI) of India and Railways," he added.
According to NAHI sources, the ground-level traffic on the carriageway on either sides of the elevated National Highway project between the Silk Board and Electronic City has touched 1,12,000 passenger car units in peak hours.
When the elevated highway is operational, traffic, on the ground-level carriageway will be cut by 40%, reducing the travel time in this stretch to 10 minutes from the present 30-45 minutes.
The government also plans to extend the 10-lane Hosur-ElectronicCity carriageway. Once completed, the highway will allow peak hour vehicles to travel at 45 km per hour.

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