Bharatmala Pariyojna is a new umbrella program for the highways sector that focuses on optimizing efficiency of road traffic movement across the country by bridging critical infrastructure gaps. The ambitious Rs 6.92 lakh-crore project aims to build 83,677 km of roads over the next five years that include 44 corridors with a consistent infrastructure of minimum four-lane configuration from the existing six. The corridors would be used to transport up to 80% of freight across the country.
Belagavi will get a RING ROAD under this project.
The economic corridor envisaged under which the Ring road is planned is the Hyderabad to Panaji route (Hyderabad – Mahbubnagar – Deosugur – Lingsugur – Bagalkot – Belagavi – Panjim)
Belagvi has been marked as congestion points where interventions are to be planned and hence a Ring road is envisaged here.
A total of around 24,800 kms are being considered in Phase I of Bharatmala. In addition, Bharatmala Pariyojana phase –I also includes 10,000 kms of balance road works under NHDP, taking the total to 34,800 kms at an estimated cost of Rs.5,35,000 crore. Bharatmala Phase I – is to be implemented over a five years period of i.e. 2017-18 to 2021-22.
Belagavi has been only dreaming about a ring road since over a decade now. Feasibility reports are prepared and re prepared but the project has never commenced.
Now as the same has been put under the new Bharatmala Pariyojna we hope this is included in the Phase 1 and the project is kicked off by December 2018.