New Delhi: Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mines and Coal, Pralhad Joshi, said that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has invited tenders to upgrade the 31-kilometer Hubballi-Dharwad bypass to a six-lane highway and construct a four-lane service road adjacent to it using the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction model.
Tenders for this work were invited on Friday, according to Joshi, and the deadline for bid submission is February 22. The contractor will have two and a half years to complete the job, after which he or she must maintain the stretch for another five years. According to him, the clause was included in the tender invitation.
All toll plazas on this stretch have been eliminated except one between Kelageri and Narendra. Therefore, travellers between Hubballi and Dharwad have been granted an exemption, said Joshi.
This is a project of Rs. 1,200 crore. According to the union minister, the union government has approved Rs. 800 crores for the building of a six-lane road and a four-lane service road, as well as Rs. 400 crores for land acquisition and Rs. 400 crores for DPR preparation.
On behalf of the people of Hubballi-Dharwad, he thanked Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sanctioning the project.
The bypass due to its two lanes often witnesses accidents, and the widening of this road will definitely reduce accidents on this stretch.
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