PM to inaugurate Karnataka highway in latest challenger polls


PM Modi will also inaugurate the Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway.


With Karnataka assembly elections two months away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today hold a roadshow in the JD(S)-Congress stronghold of the state’s Mandya district as part of the BJP’s larger push to retain power. This will be the prime minister’s sixth visit in less than two months to the southern state, which will go to polls in May this year. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stones of projects worth around Rs 16,000 crore in Mandya and Hubballi-Dharwad districts.

At 12:00 PM in Mandya, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stones of major road projects and, if desired, lay the foundation stones of various development initiatives in Hubballi-Dharwad around 3:15 PM.

PM Modi will then inaugurate the Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway, a six-lane project of the Bengaluru-Nidaghatta-Mysuru section of NH-275. The 118-km long project has been developed at a total cost of around Rs 8,480 crore and is expected to reduce travel time between Bengaluru and Mysuru from around three hours to around 75 minutes.

PM Modi also laid the foundation stone of the 92 km Mysuru-Khushalnagar four-lane highway at a cost of around Rs 4,130 crore. The project will increase the connectivity of Kushalnagar to Bengaluru and help in halving the travel time from about five hours to 2.5 hours.

After inaugurating many projects in Mandya, the Prime Minister will visit Dharwad to inaugurate IIT Dharwad, built at a cost of over Rs 850 crore. The foundation stone of the institute was laid by the Prime Minister in February 2019.

Subsequently, it dedicates the country’s longest railway platform to Sri Siddharudha Swamiji Hubballi Station, which recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records. The 1507 m long platform has cost around Rs 20 crore.

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