The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has invited tenders for the building of a six-lane access-controlled greenfield highway connecting Badadal village in Kalaburagi district and Singnodi in Raichur district. This will be the state’s first access-controlled roadway, as well as North Karnataka’s first six-lane motorway.
This expressway would cost the Union government over Rs 25 crore per kilometer. The Kalyana Karnataka Grahakara Vedike, which would connect the region to Bengaluru and Mumbai, has been recognized as a positive development.
The proposed highway is numbered NH-150C, and its construction is expected to start in a year. As it prohibits two-wheelers and unauthorized access, it’s expected to be on par with the highways of the United States or any other developed country in the world. As the Bharatmala project is directly controlled by Delhi, they do not have much information about it, stated an official from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
- Badabal village till Maradagi S Andola in Kalaburagi District -71km, tenders called for Rs 1,769 crore (Km 26 to 97)
- Maradgi S Andola till Baswantpur in Yadgir district- 65.5 km tenders called for Rs 1,606 crore (Km 97 to 162.5)
- Baswantpur till Singnodi in Raichur district- 40.6 km tenders called for Rs 1,169 crore (Km 162.5 to 203.1)
What is a greenfield highway?
Greenfield Expressways are meant to avoid populated areas and follow the new alignments, bringing development to new areas while reducing land acquisition costs and construction timelines.
As per highly placed sources in the NHAI, Delhi, the Union road transport and highways minister is scheduled to come to Hubballi in January to discuss further details of the Karnataka project.