By 2024 We will Develop Indian Roads to the Standard of US Roads – Minister Gadkari during Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony in Mangaluru
Mangaluru: The foundation stone laying and dedicating 15 national highway projects of 164 km to the nation at a cost of Rs 3163 Crores was held at Cordel Church grounds here on February 28.
The programme began with the state anthem. State president of BJP and MP, Nalin Kumar Kateel welcomed the gathering. In his welcome speech, Nalin Kumar Kateel thanked Prime minister Narendra Modi and the Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari for laying the foundation for 15 National Highway Projects.
The programme was inaugurated by the Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari along with the CM B S Bommai, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, Minister C C Patil and other dignitaries by lighting the traditional lamp.
Addressing the gathering, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines of India, Pralhad Joshi said, “Dakshina Kannada is very special because of its culture and tradition. People of the coastal areas are very courageous and spread around the world. In DK, we have huge water resources that should be trapped and used for the benefit of the farmers, we have land next to the sea and there is a lot of rainfall here. Our Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel is working very hard for the party, I request you sanction whatever projects MP Nalin Kumar demands so that our party will benefit in the coming days. The Shiradi Ghat project is already sanctioned.
Chief Minister B S Bommai also spoke on the occasion. Union Minister for Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari symbolically laid the foundation stone for the 15 National Highway projects.
Addressing the gathering Minister Gadkari said, “I am very happy to be here. Because of COVID, my trip was postponed several times. I still remember MP Nalin Kumar Kateel was after me to sanction the projects. He had asked me to approve the Ring road in Mangaluru and soon it will be sanctioned. If we do the ring road, business, trade and industry will improve. We are constructing a highway from Pune to Bengaluru and once the highway is completed, it will take 3 1/2 to 4 hours to reach Bengaluru from Pune. We have started the Chennai to Bengaluru Highway work and soon we will inaugurate the Highway which will take only 2 hours to reach Bengaluru from Chennai. Infrastructure in Karnataka state is developing very well. We are also constructing a highway from Delhi to Mumbai which will take only 12 hours from Delhi to reach Mumbai”.
Minister Gadkari further said, “Every development activity depends on the road connectivity and our government is committed to strengthening the road network in the country. Some of our projects are: The four-lane with paved shoulders of Honnavar port connectivity road from Km 0.00 (Kasarkod side of Honnavar Port) to Km 2.580 connecting Honnavar port with NH-66 at Km 195.986 and to improve NH-66 from Km 195.00 to Km 197.00 to integrate port connectivity. Construction of double cell VUP at Amalpady Kundapur – Suratkal section of NH-66. Construction of VOP at KPT junction new Mangalore port road connectivity. Four lanes of the Bengaluru-Mangaluru section of NH -75 from Periya Santhi to Bantwal including a six-lane flyover in Kalladka. I have given the highest priority to the Shiradi Ghat and soon the work will be completed. We have prepared a proposal for 4 lanes to Shiradi and have sent the proposal to the CM of Karnataka and the Forest department for discussion. Once we get the approval we will complete the Shiradi ghat road of 26 km with 4 lanes. Karnataka is developing very fast and by December 2024 we will develop our country’s roads to the standard of US Roads”.
Minister Gadkari also said, “I am very happy today to have laid the foundation stone to 15 National Highway projects of 164 km at a cost of Rs 3163 crores. I will call Nalin to Delhi to discuss the NITK Tollgate issue with the concerned authorities. I have sanctioned the Nanthur flyover and if there are any more demands I will fulfil them too. Politics of the 21st Century is the politics for Progress of development”.
Minister C C Patil, Ministers Sunil Kumar, Kota Srinivas Poojary and Angara, MLAs Vedavyas Kamath, Dr Bharat Shetty, Umanath Kotian, Sanjeev Matandoor, Harish Punja and Lalaji R Mendon, MLC Manjunath Bhandary, Mayor Premanand Shetty, Former Mayor Bhaskar, Corporator Kottari, DC Dr Rajendra and others were also present.