The National Highway division of the Public Works Department will take up re-asphalting work between Madikeri and Mani, in Bantwal taluk, on the stretch of the Bengaluru-Mysuru-Mani highway, said Public Works Minister H.D. Revanna on Sunday.

Speaking at the inauguration of the 13-km concrete road stretch of Shiradi Ghat on Sunday, Mr. Revanna said the State goverment had handed over the national highway stretch between Mysuru and Madikeri to the National Highways Authority of India and it will be widened into a four-lane highway.

While the government will hand over the Madikeri-Mani stretch shortly, Mr. Revanna said the PWD will re-asphalt the stretch that has been damaged owing to rain.

The State government was considering widening the old single-lane bridge across the Payaswini between Sullia and Sampaje, he said.

Mr. Revanna said shoulder drains on the stretch between Mysuru and Mani have been damaged.

The contractor concerned has been asked to repair them. The Mysuru-Mani Road was reconstructed by Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd., (KRDCL), amidst allegations of substandard works.

The Minister said proposal has been sent to the Centre for the sanction of Rs. 250 crore for widening and reinforcement works on the Charmadi Ghat that has seen a number of landslides in the last few days.

The State has sought funds for construction of new bridge across the Phalguni in Gurupura.

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