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`Dasara gift' for tourists going to Mysore

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Bangalore-Mysore Highway to be ready in a few days, says Revanna

BANGALORE: Tourists going to Mysore for Dasara this year can expect a smooth drive without the hazards of a highway under repair. The completion of the Bangalore-Mysore highway doubling is being advanced by eight months for the benefit of Dasara tourists. The work was originally scheduled for completion in June 2006.

After a meeting of his department, Minister for Public Works and Energy H.D. Revanna told presspersons on Thursday that the Dasara festivities will begin in the first week of October. The Government had awarded two contracts for the 41-km stretch of Mysore-Maddur segment and the 61-km Maddur-Bangalore sections. The contractors have been told to expedite the road laying work and complete it by the end of September. They had been given 24 months to complete the project.

Mr. Revanna said it has been decided to widen the four-lane road into six-lane road for providing 20-foot service roads on either side. Already the stretch from Mysore to Srirangapatna and from Bidadi to Bangalore University campus have been identified. He said the decision to lay the service road was been taken after studying the increasing number of accidents.

He said that the entire 139-km Mysore-Bangalore highway along with seven major bridges at Kengal, Bidadi, Srirangapatna and Shimsha near Channapatna will be ready by the end of December. He said that senior police officers such as the Director-General and Inspector-General of Police, the Commissioner of Police and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation have been asked to make arrangements for one-way traffic for taking up work round-the-clock and complete it expeditiously. Vehicular traffic from Jnanabharati Circle will be allowed and the vehicles from Kengeri will be diverted through the outer ring road and join Rajarajeswarinagar via Jnanabharati. The vehicles will be diverted and allowed through Kumbalgod at Adichunchanagiri Mutt and they can proceed towards Kanakapura Ring Road.

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