• NHAI awards contract for two national highway projects in Karnataka

    The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has issued letter of award (LOA) for two national highways sections in Karnataka on engineering-procurement-contract (EPC) mode under the national highways development project.

    The projects are: Four laning of 144 km Hubli-Hospet section at an expenditure of Rs 2293 crore and four/six laning of 95 km Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border section of Hospet-Ballari at an expenditure of Rs 1625 crore. The first project was awarded to the joint venture of BSCPL-KNR, and the second to Gammon India.

    The Hubli-Hospet section connects district headquarters of Gadag, Koppal, Hubballi-Dharwad to Hospet town which is home to many iron and steel industries. The 95 km long Hospet-Bellary-Karnataka/AP border section falls in Ballari district and covers towns like Hospet, Toranagallu and Bellary. Hampi, near Hospet, is a world heritage site and attracts large number of tourists.

    While the Hubballi-Hospet will take three years for completion, the Ballari-Hospet section will require two years. According to NHAI, development of Hubli-Hospet-Bellary-Karnataka/Andhra border section would not only facilitate transportation of minerals, iron, steel and coal but also promote tourism. This section is also a crucial link between eastern and western coasts of the country.  Haason Reddick Jersey

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