October 6, 2022

Work on the much-publicised 10-lane expressway between Mysuru and Bengaluru shouldn’t be anticipated to accomplished as scheduled in January 2022 attributable to labour shortage on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The work, which started in Might and December 2019 in two packages, had floor to a halt quickly after a nationwide lockdown was declared in March this yr. Although work resumed in the previous couple of weeks, the contractors are discovering it troublesome to mobilise labourers, majority of whom are migrants and have returned to their native locations.

“There was nearly no work for 3 months after the lockdown was declared. No person was allowed to work,” mentioned an official within the Public Works Division (PWD).

After the lockdown was lifted, the contractors started going through labour scarcity. Work was continuing at a snail’s tempo as barely half of the required 8,000 labourers have been out there.

An official overseeing building of the 118-km-long expressway expects the venture to be delayed by no less than two months. “If the time misplaced as a result of lockdown and the delay attributable to labour scarcity shouldn’t be made up within the coming months, there might be a delay of two to a few months,” the official mentioned.

The official additionally dominated out the potential of a decline in site visitors quantity hastening the tempo of labor. “There isn’t a such benefit. The tempo of labor has no connection to say no in site visitors quantity. Work is taken up solely after diverting the site visitors,” the official added.

The expressway contains building of by-pass roads for Bidadi, Ramanagara, Channapatna, Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna.

The venture confronted one other hurdle when objections have been raised to the alignment of by-passes. Mysuru MP Pratap Simha lately clarified that the objections have been resolved when it was determined to construct the by-passes on concrete pillars with out encroaching upon any water physique.

The ten-lane freeway includes of a six lane entry managed carriageway for site visitors and a two-lane service highway on both facet for the good thing about native site visitors. The freeway connects Columbia Asia junction in Mysuru to Panchamukhi temple close to NICE Highway junction in Bengaluru.

The contractor – M/s. Dilip Buildcon Restricted – had been given 30 months to finish the work. Whereas the primary bundle between Bengaluru and Nidaghatta started in Might 2019, the second bundle between Nidaghatta and Mysuru began in December 2019.

The ₹7,400 crore venture seeks to cut back the journey time between Mysuru and Bengaluru to 90 minutes from the prevailing three hours.

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