Mangalore / Udupi, Feb 10: Union minister of state for national highways Jitin Prasada has stated that the four-laning of the BC Road-Suratkal stretch of NH 17, constituting phase one towards Kundapur, would be completed by June 2011.
He was speaking at a sports event in Udupi on Monday.
He said further that a sum of Rs 73 crore had been approved for similar work on a 76-km stretch between Srinivasnagar and Kundapur. The entire route would mark top-grade road with advanced technology, he added.
Our Bantwal correspondent adds:
The 17-km stretch between Bantwal Cross Road and Padil is nearing completion. Two bridges near Brahmarakootlu and another in Kannur are awaiting completion. That will make the stretch fully ready for smooth traffic flow. The highway will take a diversion at Padil towards Maroli via Kembar and join Nantur. With that the stretch between Padil and Pumpwell will perhaps no longer be considered part of NH 48.
The National Highways Authority of India had given the contractors, IRCON, the deadline as June 30, 2011. However, now NHAI project director Prashant Gawasane, based in Mangalore, says they have been given time up to December 31, 2011, which is the final deadline.
Five years ago, travel between BC Road and Mangalore took about 15 minutes. After the widening work started, it used to take over an hour. Now on, the time required could be cut down to 30 minutes or even less. The BC Road flyover is also being completed on a war-footing.