New 6-lane highway improves Bengaluru-Mumbai freight transport

The Ministry of Road Transportation and Highways (MoRTH) has been actively improving connectivity and reducing travel time across India. A recent development in this direction is the inauguration of a 72 km highway from Bengaluru to Mumbai. The newly opened Chitradurga-Davangere section of this six-lane highway in Karnataka has been met with enthusiasm as it connects two vital economic hubs, promising to revamp logistics networks and streamline cargo movement.

The construction of this project requires an investment of nearly Rs 1,400 crores. To ensure durability and reduce future maintenance costs, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) plans to use sustainable techniques and materials, such as incorporating plastic in bituminous concrete and milling material in service roads.

This initiative aligns with the government’s broader strategy to strengthen transportation infrastructure nationwide. Gadkari noted that this project complements the plan to build a highway between Nelamangala and Devihalli in Karnataka, a crucial segment of National Highway-75, aimed at enhancing the efficiency and competitiveness of India’s logistics sector.

Apart from reducing travel time, the new highway is expected to stimulate economic growth in Chitradurga, Davangere, and North West Karnataka. The improved connectivity is likely to boost development and attract investment.