Water On Highways Will Be Used To Generate Power In This State! How Will It Work?
- A project is going to be executed along the extent of Karnataka’s Kittur to Belagavi to make electricity using flowing rainwater along these highways.
A project to make electricity using rainwater flowing along national highways is going to be executed along the extent of Karnataka’s Kittur to Belagavi, which reaches up to the Maharashtra border, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday.
The aims of the project
The project is started under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan. It aims to channel rainwater and build small water bodies in order to generate power.
The Union minister Nitin Gadkari has laid the groundwork for five national highways after which Bommai said the Centre’s Jal Shakti project would be implemented along all the highways in the state, and appealed to Gadkari to complete the construction of Ring Road in Belagavi and other cities.
Bommai said Belagavi is going to witness a revolution in connectivity with the national highway projects. Gadakari has been mobilising resources and implementing infrastructure projects, he said and recalled how the latter had, as Maharashtra public works minister, “drawn national attention by building more than 58 road overbridges in quick time”. More than 5,000km of national highways have been built in the state since Gadkari became the Union road minister, the chief minister said.
Routes of the new highways
The five highway projects are going to cost a total of Rs. 3,972 crore. These highways are from Belagavi to the Sankeshwar bypass, from the Sankeshwar bypass to the Maharashtra border, from Chorla to Jamboki to Belagavi to Vijayapura to Muragundi (NH 548B), and from Siddapura to Vijayapura (NH 561A).
Bommai has assured Gadkari that his government is going to exempt from the state GST the projects for developing highways and ring roads and also for land acquisition for the projects.
BJP leader Bommai’s response
The BJP leader Bommai said that Gadkari had composed a novel project linking Maharashtra’s pilgrim sites such as Pandharpur and Shirdi with those in Karnataka, such as Badami, Pattadakal, and applauded the Union minister Pralhad Joshi and other party MPs for their combined efforts to contribute to the state’s continued development.