Pratap Simha, Mysuru MP, said here on Friday that the work on the proposed 10-lane highway (six-lane main carriage way and two-lane service road on each side) will commence in September.

Speaking to mediapersons after inspecting the site, Mr. Simha said work would commence simultaneously at 10 sites along the road and the entire project would be ready for commissioning in two years.

The 10-lane highway (including service roads) will give a fillip to Mysuru’s connectivity with Bengaluru and boost tourism and help drive fresh investment to the city.

The highway will be provided with bypass at all towns and cities en route and will obviate the need for vehicles to enter these places. “It will help cover Mysuru-Kengeri stretch in 90 minutes,” said Mr. Simha.

He said land acquisition was proceeding at brisk pace and expressed confidence that 80% of the acquisition process would be completed by September when the actual works will commence. “The Centre has released Rs. 3,000 crore for compensation to farmers and the rate varied from Rs. 38 lakh per acre to Rs. 15 crore per acre depending on the site and hence even the farmers were cooperative,” he added. However, he expressed his ire with the PWD officials for taking up road works near Columbia Asia Hospital junction for 560 meters on the Mysuru-Bengaluru highway at this juncture. “They know well that the NHAI works will commence in two months time and render any new work redundant, which amounts to squandering public money,” said Mr. Simha.

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