Mangaluru, Jan 21, 2022: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has approved a ₹1,200 crore project to widen the Shiradi Ghat stretch on National Highway 75 into four lanes.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will take up the project and complete it in two years, a communique from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), quoting Mr. Gadkari as saying, said on Thursday.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has assured the NHAI of full cooperation and speedy approvals for implementing the project, it said.
When upgraded, the entire stretch of the National Highway 75, between Bengaluru and Mangaluru, will become a four-lane road. The four-laning of the highway, on the ghat stretch from Marana Halli to Adda Hole, will accelerate the economic growth of the region, the CMO said.
Shiradi Ghat is a vital link between the coastal region and the hinterland.
“The Shiradi Ghat stretch needs immediate upgradation. The road usually is in pitiable condition during the monsoon season and unmotorable. Hence, the Union Government has cleared the proposal to upgrade it into a four-lane highway,” the communique said.
At the same time, Mr. Gadkari has instructed the NHAI to study the proposal to build a six-lane tunnel through the Shiradi Ghat, it said.