The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has invited bids for one package of the 263km Bengaluru-Chennai Expressway with an aim to give a push to the construction of expressways and to provide faster connectivity to upcoming logistics hubs.
The project will provide high speed and seamless connectivity to two upcoming logistics parks in Bengaluru and Chennai, and will commence in February or March.
This four lane expressway project in south India will boost logistics movement, which has gained more importance in recent times. The project has been divided into 10 packages, three each in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and four in Tamil Nadu.
After completion, the project will reduce the transportation time and a car can travel the distance between Chennai and Bengaluru in less than two-and-a half hours.
Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari told representatives of industry chamber FICCI last week that he has requested PM Modi to lay the foundation stone for the project.
The NHAI has set March 2024 deadline to make this stretch operational, barely months before the next general election.
The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 17,000 crore. The NHAI has set strict timelines for award and progress of all the 23 expressways and greenfield highways which have been finalised.