The Government of Karnataka in India is to launch upgrade works on the National Highway (NH) between Mysuru and Bengaluru in the second week of January.

Plans will see a six-lane highway upgraded to ten lanes with four lanes and two service roads on either side.

The announcement was made by Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy during a meeting with senior officers from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the state government.

Kumaraswamy asked officials to fast-track the process of getting the required clearances for the project.

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The foundations for the road widening project were laid in March this year but progress has slowed due to a number of obstacles, including land acquisition.

“It could be taken up only after 80% of the identified land was acquired, and that has been already achieved.”

Karnataka Public Works Department (PWD) additional chief secretary Rajneesh Goel was quoted by as saying: “The meeting primarily focussed on sorting out certain issues for executing the project. It could be taken up only after 80% of the identified land was acquired, and that has been already achieved.

“There were issues of relocating a water pipeline in Mandya. Instructions have been given by the Chief Minister to the department concerned to take necessary action.”

Nearly 80% of the land required for the project has been acquired but the project has not yet been given environment clearances.

The NHAI is tasked with the widening of Mysuru-Bengaluru highway.

The contractor will be responsible for constructing nine major bridges, 44 minor bridges, and four road-over bridges.

Mysuru-Bengaluru highway is expected to take two-and-a-half years to complete.