The woes of street customers travelling on a 48-km stretch of Nationwide Freeway 75 look like neverending because the Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has failed to keep up the present carriageway in motorable situation whereas executing the four-lane work between Hassan and Maranahalli, past Sakleshpur, in Hassan district.
Commenced 4 years in the past, four-laning of the stretch between Hassan and Maranahalli (earlier than Shiradi Ghat) at an preliminary estimated value of ₹574 crore below engineering, procurement and building (EPC) mode, has not even reached 50% of the goal. With the preliminary contractor declaring insolvency, NHAI requested the sub-contractor to proceed the work to hurry up the method. But, the work has not gained momentum.
Whereas laying two-lane concrete is being finished patch by patch to construct one aspect of the carriageway, bitumen cowl on the present carriageway left for vehicular motion has nearly worn out leaving potholes and craters for negotiation all alongside the 48-km stretch. The essential freeway connecting New Mangalore Port with the hinterland thus has been posing a problem to each sort of driver, from non-public automobiles to buses, from regular vehicles to multi-axle vehicles in addition to LPG-transporting bullet tankers.
The journey time has obtained prolonged by at the very least one hour for passenger autos, say drivers of personal automobiles in addition to buses whereas it’s greater than two hours for items autos, significantly multi-axle vehicles. A KSRTC driver, Sudhakar, mentioned that aside from enduring the treacherous street stretch, automobile elements, together with shock absorbers and tyres, get severely broken thereby enhancing the upkeep value by a number of instances.
Whereas buses and items autos haven’t any different method however to make use of the Nationwide Freeway 75, many driving non-public autos take a detour by way of Charmadi Ghat to keep away from the Hassan-Maranahalli stretch.
Lolaksha Kotian, who frequently drives between Bengaluru and Mangaluru, mentioned that he takes the Belur-Mudigere-Charmadi Ghat stretch after driving on the four-lane between Nelamangala and Hassan. Although he finally ends up spending about an hour or so additional, he needn’t fear about any operational injury to his automobile, Mr. Kotian mentioned.
Now, work is occurring in bits and items solely at a couple of locations, even because it appeared that the execution has not gathered any tempo even after 4 years of launch.