The Cabinet Committee
on Infrastructure today approved the development of four laning of
Hubli-Hospet section of National Highway-63 in Karnataka under NHDP
Phase IV on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT/BOT)
basis. The total length of the road will be 143.29 kms.
The total cost of the project including land acquisition, rehabilitation
and pre-construction activities will be Rs.1442.48 crore. The concession
period will be 27 years including construction period of 30 months.
The main object of the project is to expedite the improvement of
infrastructure in Karnataka and also in reducing the time and cost of
travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Hubli and
Hospet. This stretch also provides connectivity to important industrial
towns of Hospet and Hubli. Bellary is a major mining are of Karnataka
and the stretch will be used for transportation of minerals from Bellary
to Karwar port. It will also increase the employment potential for local
labourers for project activities.
The project is covered in the districts of Dharwad, Gadag and Koppal in