The Union ministry for road transport and highways has approved the proposed Kota northern bypass project. Now, tenders for the project could be floated soon. At present, in the absence of a bypass, entire vehicular traffic of the National Highway 76 (Kota-Baran highway) passes through the city, thus resulting in traffic jams. The proposed project would help decongest the city. The proposed bypass would connect the KotaSawai Madhopur highway to the NH 76 through a road between Jhalipura area and Gaamach area in the district. Kota Urban Improvement Trust (UIT) will carry out the bypass project.
Giving information about the project, Kota UIT chairman and district collector Jogaram (who goes only by his first name) said that the trust was waiting for the Union ministry approval after completing land acquisition process for the bypass project last month. After approval from the Union ministry, a ministry level screening committee and a state level evaluation committee have been formed to prepare technical bid for the project. Soon, a detailed project report (DPR) for floating the tender for the project would be prepared, Jogaram said.
The total cost of the 14.2-km bypass project is estimated to be Rs. 175 crore. The UIT has acquired 67.4 hectare land for the project. The project is likely to be completed in a couple of years.