Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the 118-km long Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway in Karnataka.
The project has been developed at a total cost of around Rs 8,480 crores and involves 6-laning of the Bengaluru-Nidaghatta-Mysuru section of NH-275.
It will reduce the travel time between Bengaluru and Mysuru from around 3 hours to about 75 minutes. It will act as a catalyst for socio-economic development in the region.
At the inauguration event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that all these projects will pave way for ‘sabka saath, sabka vikaas’.
He added that it is important to connect the two cities of Bengaluru and Mysuru as the former is known for technology and the latter for its tradition.
Taking a dig at Congress, PM Modi said, “Congress and their allies want to dig my grave, while I want to build top quality infrastructure for my fellow Indians. “
Earlier today, the Prime Minister also held a mega road show in the Mandya district of the state.
PM Modi was given a rousing welcome as a huge crowd was seen gathered when he arrived in Mandya to lay the foundation stone of multiple projects.
BJP supporters and locals showered flower petals and raised slogans during his roadshow.
PM to dedicate Rs 16,000 crore worth projects
During his visit, the Prime Minister will dedicate and lay the foundation stone of projects worth around Rs 16,000 crore.
He will dedicate and lay the foundation stone of key road projects in Mandya.
At around 3:15 pm, he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development initiatives in Hubballi-Dharwad.
These efforts will enhance the quality of life by creating hygienic, safe and functional public spaces and transform the town into a futuristic urban centre.
The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for Mysuru-Kushalnagar 4-lane highway.
Spread over 92km, the project will be developed at a cost of around Rs 4,130 crores.
The project will play a key role in boosting the connectivity of Kushalnagar with Bengaluru and will help halve the travel time from about 5 to only 2.5 hours.
PM to lay foundation stone for IIT Dharwad
Apart from this, PM Modi will dedicate IIT Dharwad to the nation.
The foundation stone for the institute was also laid by the Prime Minister in February 2019.
Developed at a cost of over Rs 850 crores, the institute currently offers 4-year B.Tech. programs, inter-disciplinary 5-year BS-MS program, M.Tech. and Ph.D. programs.
He will also dedicate to the nation the longest railway platform in the world at Shree Siddharoodha Swamiji Hubballi Station. The record has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records recently. The 1,507 m long platform has been built at a cost of about Rs. 20 crores.
Upgradation of Hosapete station
The Prime Minister will also dedicate the electrification of Hosapete – Hubballi – Tinaighat section and the upgradation of Hosapete station, for boosting connectivity in the region.
“Developed at a cost of over Rs 530 crores, the electrification project establishes seamless train operation on electric traction.
The redeveloped Hosapete station will provide convenient and modern facilities to travellers. It has been designed to resemble the Hampi monuments,” it said.
PM to lay foundation stone for Jayadev Hospital
PM Modi will also lay the foundation stone of the Jayadeva Hospital and Research Centre.
The hospital will be developed at a cost of about Rs 250 crores and will provide tertiary cardiac care to the people of the region.
Dharwad water scheme and Flood damage control project
In order to further augment water supply in the region, Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for the Dharwad Multi Village Water Supply Scheme, which will be developed at a cost of over Rs 1,040 crores.
He will also lay the foundation stone for Tupparihalla Flood Damage Control Project, which will be developed at a cost of about Rs 150 crores.
The project aims to mitigate damage caused by floods and involves the construction of retaining walls and embankments.