Former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said Hubballi-Dharwad roads are being developed and upgraded at a total cost of ₹400 crore sanctioned by the Central Road Fund (CRF).
It was dedicating a concrete road from Sarvodaya Circle in Keshwapur to the underground railway bridge over Gadag Road in Hubballi developed under CRF to the public on Thursday.
He said that under the CRF, a ₹50 crore project to develop the road section from the underground railway bridge linking Keshwapur, Bengeri, Gopanakoppa and Sainagar has been initiated. “Already a good quality concrete road has been laid from the railway underbridge to the Sarvodaya circle, cobblestones have been laid along the road and causeway has been constructed on each side. I held a meeting of various government agencies to ensure better coordination during the execution of the works, as a result of which the road works were completed promptly,” he said.
Mr. Shettar said the project to extend 24×7 water supply facility to all wards in Hubballi-Dharwad has been sanctioned and works will be started after completion of survey works by the construction company L&T.
He said that due to the pandemic, the development works have been delayed and in the next six months Hubballi-Dharwad will be transformed into beautiful twin cities. Officials were under strict orders to speed up the work, he said, and appealed to the public to cooperate with the administration as the road works will cause them inconvenience for some time.
To a question, he clarified that instructions were given to save trees when carrying out road works.
Thereafter, Mr. Shettar performed bhoomi puja for the second phase of the ₹50 crore road works from Keshwapur to Bengeri near Ramesh Bhavan. On the occasion, he dedicated to the public the new concrete road developed under the same project in Badami Nagar.
He also initiated concrete road works from Barakotri to Bhavani Nagar Durga Bakery. The work is executed by Nirmiti Kendra with funds from the Department of Minority Protection.
HDUDA Chairman Nagesh Kalburgi, Former Mayor Viranna Savadi, HDMC Councilors Santosh Chavan, Uma Mukund, Meenakshi Vantmuri, Beerappa Khandekar and HDMC PRO SB Bevoor and others were present.
Earlier, when Mr Shettar arrived for the inauguration of the road, school children greeted him with flowers and Christian religious leaders thanked him for the work.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Rajat Ullagaddimath said that due to Mr Shettar’s scheme, schoolchildren were forced to stand in the sun for an hour and motorists were forced to endure ordeals as the road got was closed for the inauguration.