Centre plans Skybus between Bengaluru, Mysuru if state agrees: Gadkari

The union government is mulling over introducing an electric Skybus between Bengaluru and Mysuru.

If the state government agrees, this scheme will be implemented, said Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari.

He was speaking at the foundation-laying ceremony for the six-laning of the Bengaluru-Mysuru express highway (national highway) here on Saturday.

A Skybus project is being implemented in New Delhi and the tender process will begin by April 15, Gadkari said.

“Even common people will be able to experience what it is like to travel, floating in the air” he said.

While Metro rail costs Rs 3,500 crore per kilometre, Skybus costs lesser than Rs 50 crore, Gadkari said.

The Bengaluru-Mysuru Express highway will be ready in two years. After its completion, the commute between the two cities will take only 90 minutes, he said.

Foundation stone was also laid to widen the 170-kilometre stretch from Bengaluru to BR Hills Reserve from two-lane to four-lane. The Rs 2,000 crore project would also be completed in two years, Gadkari said.

“The length of highways in Karnataka was 5,707 kilometre in 2013-14 year. Now, it has been increased to 13,565 kilometre by our government. A total of Rs 2 lakh crore has been spent on this,” Gadkari said.

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Linking Godavari with Cauvery to end water woes

To solve the problem of water scarcity in the southern states, the union government intends to link the Godavari river with Cauvery river, Gadkari said. This extra water will help irrigate six lakh acres of land in Karnataka, he said.

At present, 3,000 tmc ft of water from the Godavari is flowing into the sea. To begin with, 300 tmc ft of water will be redirected from Godavari to Krishna river via the Nagarjuna Sagar dam. Next, water will be directed to the Somasila dam across Pennar river and from there, to the Cauvery river, Gadkari said.

“On the whole, this project will benefit Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana states,” he said.

Apart from this, the union government intends to take up projects with the state government, to irrigate 15 lakh to 20 lakh acres in the state, he said.

The union government is mulling over introducing an electric Skybus between Bengaluru and Mysuru.

If the state government agrees, this scheme will be implemented, said Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari.

He was speaking at the foundation-laying ceremony for the six-laning of the Bengaluru-Mysuru express highway (national highway) here on Saturday.

A Skybus project is being implemented in New Delhi and the tender process will begin by April 15, Gadkari said.

“Even common people will be able to experience what it is like to travel, floating in the air” he said.

While Metro rail costs Rs 3,500 crore per kilometre, Skybus costs lesser than Rs 50 crore, Gadkari said.

The Bengaluru-Mysuru Express highway will be ready in two years. After its completion, the commute between the two cities will take only 90 minutes, he said.

Foundation stone was also laid to widen the 170-kilometre stretch from Bengaluru to BR Hills Reserve from two-lane to four-lane. The Rs 2,000 crore project would also be completed in two years, Gadkari said.

“The length of highways in Karnataka was 5,707 kilometre in 2013-14 year. Now, it has been increased to 13,565 kilometre by our government. A total of Rs 2 lakh crore has been spent on this,” Gadkari said.

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Linking Godavari with Cauvery to end water woes

To solve the problem of water scarcity in the southern states, the union government intends to link the Godavari river with Cauvery river, Gadkari said. This extra water will help irrigate six lakh acres of land in Karnataka, he said.

At present, 3,000 tmc ft of water from the Godavari is flowing into the sea. To begin with, 300 tmc ft of water will be redirected from Godavari to Krishna river via the Nagarjuna Sagar dam. Next, water will be directed to the Somasila dam across Pennar river and from there, to the Cauvery river, Gadkari said.

“On the whole, this project will benefit Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana states,” he said.

Apart from this, the union government intends to take up projects with the state government, to irrigate 15 lakh to 20 lakh acres in the state, he said.

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