Roads supplement economic, cultural and agriculture growth: Cm Bommai

Pramesh S Jain & Yogesh K Porwar

Roads are not just meant for transport connectivity, they supplement economic,cultural and agricultural growth too,Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.

The Chief Minister was speaking at a function at which the Union Minister for National Highways laid the foundation stone for 925km long stretches of 25 National Highway projects at a cost of Rs.12,795 cr.

Karnataka is a progressive state. The State government would offer complete cooperation for development works, especially in Northern Karnataka, Bommai said.

The Union and State governments should work together for development of roads. The Chief Minister expressed his readiness to offer GST and royalty exemption for Cement,Steel and other construction material if the Union government could bear 25% of the land acquisition cost for the projects.

An MoU would be signed in this regard soon, he said.

The State government is ready to offer similar concessions in implementing the STRR project in Bengaluru and projects in other cities like Gulbarga and Belagavi, Bommai said.

Proactive Gadkari

Bommai was all praise for the work culture, commitment and pace of Union Minister for National Highways Nitin Gadkari.

There is a huge change in the way of thinking for the development of the country. What was considered impossible earlier is now being turned into reality under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Gadkari has successfully implemented Modi’s thinking on the development front.Gadkari is a proactive,dynamic leader,Bommai said.

Gadkari has made immense contribution for the development of Northern Karnataka.The completion of 4-lane Hospet-Hubballi highway and Chitradurga-Hubballi highway has brought big relief from the problems and accidents for the people in this region, Bommai said.

Bommai requested Gadkari to take up work on Kaiga to Ilkal road as part of the Naragund-Bilagi-Gajendragad-Kushtagi-Sindhanur National Highway 115.

Union minister for Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi, former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and others were present.