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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Karnataka on Sunday to inaugurate the 6-lane Mysuru-Bengaluru Expressway, constructed at a cost of Rs 8,848 crore as part of his  vision to ensure world-class connectivity for a New India .

The highway will reduce the travel time between the two cities from 3 hours to 75 minutes and is expected to act as a catalyst for the socio economic development of the region, according to a PMO statement.

As part of his vision to achieve the goal of a fully developed India in the next 25 years, timed with 100 years of India’s independence, PM Modi will dedicate and lay the foundation stones of projects worth around Rs. 16,000 crores during his trip  the Karnataka.

The projects include the foundation stone for Mysuru-Khushalnagar 4-lane highway which will be developed with an investment of around Rs 4,130 crores to cover a distance of 92 km. The project will play a key role in boosting connectivity of Kushalnagar with Bengaluru and will help halve the travel time from about 5 hours to only 2.5 hours.

“At around 12 noon, the Prime Minister will dedicate and lay the foundation stone of key road projects in Mandya. Thereafter, at around 3:15 pm, he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development initiatives in Hubbali-Dharwad,” according to a PMO statement.

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A view of the expressway

PM in Hubbali-Dharwad

With his emphasis on technology to take the nation forward, the Prime Minister will dedicate IIT Dharwad to the nation. The foundation stone for the institute was also laid by the Prime Minister in February 2019. Developed at a cost of over Rs. 850 crores, the institute currently offers 4-year B.Tech. programs, inter-disciplinary 5-year BS-MS program, M.Tech. and Ph.D. programs.

Focusing on connectivity and infrastructure, the Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation the longest railway platform in the world at Sri Siddharoodha Swamiji Hubballi Station. The record has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records recently. The 1507 m long platform has been built at a cost of about Rs. 20 crores.

The Prime Minister will also dedicate the electrification of Hosapete – Hubballi – Tinaighat section and the upgradation of Hosapete station, for boosting connectivity in the region. Developed at a cost of over Rs 530 crores, the electrification project establishes seamless train operation on electric traction. The redeveloped Hosapete station will provide convenient and modern facilities to travellers. It has been designed to resemble the Hampi monuments.

Besides, the Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for various projects of Hubballi-Dharwad smart city. The total estimated cost of these projects is about Rs. 520 crores. These efforts will enhance the quality of life by creating hygienic, safe and functional public spaces and transform the town into a futuristic urban centre.

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Another view of the expressway

In order to provide better health facilities for the region, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of the Jayadeva Hospital and Research Centre. The hospital will be developed at a cost of about Rs. 250 crores and will provide tertiary cardiac care to the people of the region. In order to further augment water supply in the region.

The development projects include the Dharwad Multi Village Water Supply Scheme, which will be developed at a cost of over Rs. 1040 crores. He will also lay the foundation stone for Tupparihalla Flood Damage Control Project, which will be developed at a cost of about Rs. 150 crores.