The Belagavi city is set to undergo a major traffic management overhaul with the construction of a new flyover. The proposed project, which will run from Highway Junction Sankam Hotel, Ashoka Circle up to Peeranwadi has been discussed by District In-charge Minister Satish Jarakiholi.
The first phase of the project will focus on the construction of the flyover to connect to CBT and further same would be built up to Peeranwadi which will include Roundabouts and entry and exit lanes on both sides.
Minister Jarakiholi emphasized the importance of designing the flyover in a way that complements the existing infrastructure. He also noted that the extension of the project to Peeranwadi will be reviewed after the initial phase is completed. However, he cautioned that the construction should be carried out with care, particularly during the summer months, to avoid any potential drinking water problems.
On Tuesday, June 13th, MLA Asif (Raju) Sait and DC Nitesh Patil, accompanied by officials, conducted a site inspection near Mahantesh Nagar in Gandhinagar. The purpose of the inspection was to assess the feasibility of a proposed project to construct a flyover and service road for entering Belgaum City from the National Highway. Representatives from the National Highways Department and Public Works Department were also present. During the inspection, the officials carefully examined the site and discussed the potential benefits and challenges of the project. They considered factors such as traffic flow, safety, and environmental impact. The team also consulted with residents and business owners to gather their input and address any concerns they may have had.
Minister Jarkhiholi, who is also the District in-charge minister and PWD minister, has taken a keen interest in this project to alleviate the issue of heavy vehicles. The previous plan was to start at NH-4 Junction to Ashoka Circle, from where the project road deviates on Khade Bazaar Road, passing through Circuit House and ending at CBT. The project road passes through four junctions, namely Gandhinagar Junction, Mahantesh Nagar Junction, Ashoka Circle Junction, and Vegetable Market Junction, with a high density of mixed traffic flows.
The draft Smart City plan mentioned a flyover from Ashoka Circle (NH4 Junction to CBT via Raichur Bachi Road) costing 129 crores. However, the new plan is more ambitious, envisioning a flyover from Gandhi Nagar NH4 elevated Road up to Peeranwadi, with a dedicated entry and exit for CBT.