Govt to take up NH-7 upgradation work on BOT basis

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New Delhi, Jun 9 (UNI) The Ministry of Surface Transport and Highways has decided to take up the upgradation of NH-7 between Devanahalli to Hebbal in Bangalore under phase VII of National Highway Development Project on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis to meet the increased traffic volume of the Bangalore International Airport.

Union Minister of State for Highways K H Muniappa in a letter to Mr B K Hariprasad, MP, said the upgradation would involve construction of elevated structure, flyover, underpass, construction of service road from 534 km near Devanahalli to 556 km in Hebbal, the outskirts of Bangalore.

However, the consent of the state government was awaited for this upgradation scheme.

He said the new greenfield airport had come up in Devanahalli and the Centre, Karnataka government had entered into a concession agreement with the Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) under which the existing HAL airport has to be closed once the new airport became operational to make the new airport financially viable.

The access to the new airport was through NH-7 which had already been six laned. Once the upgradation work was implemented, the access to BIAL would be further improved, the minister said.


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