The Karnataka government will launch a Road Information System (RIS) web portal to provide citizens with information on roads around the state.
The portal will contain information about the date of building, date of last repair, costs, amount of time taken for building or repairs as part of a new transparency initiative, PWD minister H C Mahadevappa said here on Monday.
The web-based portal apart from reflecting the history of the road and the number of times it has been repaired will also show the duration of time taken by the contractor to complete the work, the PWD minister said at a meeting of the Federation of the Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI).
“Our focus will be on completion of road related work in a time bound manner to avoid cost escalations. Even the general public will be able to monitor road works through the portal,” Mahadevappa said at the FKCCI conference .
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The minister said that the government would soon begin upgradation of the 1668 kilometer state highway to National Highway link between Bangalore-Mysore-Chamrajnagar-Madikeri-Bantwal.
Mahadevappa who was given a memorandum by the Bangalore Tourist taxi owners Association President Raxha Krishna Holla opposing the toll fare hike for the Bangalore international airport expressway said that his department was looking at developing toll free alternative routes through KR Puram, Bagalur, Thanisandra and surrounding areas.
The minister said a letter had been sent to the Union Government suggesting that construction of service roads must be made mandatory under PPP agreements so that a service road or toll free road is available for ordinary motorists.
Mahadevappa said that the government will convert 2641 kilometers of the 3670 kilometer inter-district roads into four-lane roads, while 1930 kilometers of the 3532 kilometers of taluk roads will be turned into two lane roads.
“The government supports public works and will remove all bureaucratic obstacles that hinder developmental activities,” Mahadevappa said.