Work to start in early 2009
Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project II
The public works, ports and inland water transport department of the Government of Karnataka has invited expression of interest from consultants for the
development of Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project II. The tender also
envisages hiring a financial advisor to facilitate private sector financing and
domestic borrowing in the road sector.
Tender for civil works will be floated by mid-September, and work on the project
is expected to start by early 2009, Capt. R.R. Doddihal, Project Director, PWD,
Capt. Doddihal said that the state highway project envisaged the improvement of
3,411 km road at a cost of Rs 6,245 crore. Last year, Government of India sought
loan assistance of $300 million each from IBRD (World Bank) and Asian
The Karnataka government has applied for a grant from Public Private
Infrastructure Advisory Facility towards hiring the financial advisor to provide
technical assistance and advisory services for developing a comprehensive
financing plan to improve the state's main road network through BOT-Toll annual
concession and public sector funding.
Further, Capt. Doddihal said that the department would finalise the consultant
within a month from the date of opening the tenders. The consultant will be
given three months to submit the report.
[May 5-11, 2008]