Belagavi to Witness Transformational Change with Proposed 4-Lane Elevated Corridor on NH-48: PWD Minister Satish Jarkhiholi
In a significant development aimed at transforming the transportation landscape of Belagavi, the Public Works Department PWD Minister Satish Jarkhiholi, had the pleasure of meeting and felicitating the Union Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr. Nitin Gadkari. The two esteemed ministers engaged in fruitful discussions regarding the much-needed upgradation of roads and flyovers throughout the state, with a particular emphasis on the construction of a bypass road in Belagavi and the approval of several crucial projects.
The focal point of the meeting was the pressing issue of heavy traffic congestion and its detrimental effects on the city’s infrastructure, economy, and environment. The existing 6-lane stretch of National Highway 48 (NH-48) passing through Belagavi city limits, from Km 492+000 to 516+000, has been grappling with an excessively high traffic intensity of approximately 70,000 Passenger Car Units (PCUs). This has led to severe traffic congestion, increased travel time, reduced level of service, escalated vehicle operation costs (VOC), a higher rate of accidents, and amplified pollution in the city.
To address these challenges, the PWD Minister Satish Jarkhiholi submitted a proposal for the construction of a 4-lane elevated corridor in Belagavi city limits on NH-48. The primary objective of this project is to segregate traffic from local traffic, thereby improving the overall traffic flow and reducing congestion within the city. The proposed elevated corridor would span a length of 24 kilometers along NH-48, offering a comprehensive solution to the traffic woes plaguing Belagavi.
During the meeting, PWD Minister Satish Jarkhiholi presented the detailed plan for the elevated corridor, highlighting its potential to alleviate the existing traffic burden on NH-48. The segregation of through and local traffic is expected to streamline transportation, enhance the level of service for commuters, and minimize the adverse impacts on the environment.
Expressing his support for the project, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari praised the efforts of the PWD Minister Satish Jarkhiholi and acknowledged the urgency of upgrading the road infrastructure in Belagavi. Recognizing the significance of efficient transportation networks for economic growth and regional connectivity, Minister Gadkari assured the prompt approval and allocation of funds required for the successful implementation of the elevated corridor.
The proposed elevated corridor in Belagavi on NH-48 aligns with the central government’s broader vision of bolstering India’s road infrastructure and promoting seamless travel experiences. By investing in the development of state-of-the-art transportation facilities, the government aims to foster economic prosperity, facilitate trade and commerce, and improve the overall quality of life for citizens.
The news of the meeting and the discussions surrounding the elevated corridor project have generated optimism among the residents of Belagavi, who have long grappled with the negative repercussions of traffic congestion. The implementation of the elevated corridor is anticipated to bring about a transformational change, enabling smoother commuting experiences, reducing travel time, enhancing road safety, and mitigating environmental pollution.
As the proposal moves forward, stakeholders and experts anticipate that the construction of the 4-lane elevated corridor in Belagavi will set a remarkable precedent for urban planning and transportation management in the region. The concerted efforts of the PWD Minister Satish Jarkhiholi and the Union Minister of Roads and Highways demonstrate the commitment of the government to prioritize infrastructure development and improve the overall well-being of the people.
With the approval of several crucial projects, including the elevated corridor in Belagavi, Karnataka is poised to witness a significant transformation in its road infrastructure, ushering in an era of progress, connectivity, and sustainable development.
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