Submitted by Subeditor on Wed, 2015-12-16 15:46 Mangaluru: Putting an end to the suspicion and uncertainty regarding the proposed tunnel bypass road at Shiradi Ghat, Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport made it clear here on Tuesday that the project will be commenced in 2016 itself. Speaking here to the media persons, Minister said “The much ambitious road tunnel project, which runs through the Western Ghats will get start before the end of December, 2016. With an estimated budget of Rs 12,000 crore the road tunnel project will have six tunnels, five over-bridges and a six- lane road. Through this project Along all prevailing problems regarding roads, flyover, bypass road in the coastal area can be solved”, he added. Informing about the proposal of the new port Gadkari said, “there is a proposal to set up a new port at Belikeri, around 300 km away from Mangaluru port. However, we have to receive the nod of forest department. In order to set up the new port, there is a need to make 200 km railway line between Ankola and Hubli. We are ready to invest money for the railway line, but we are waiting for the permission of forest department”, he said. Speaking about strengthening the National Highways Gadkari said, “there were 96,000 km National Highway at present in India and government is planning to strengthen it to 1.5 lakh km. If the National Highway strengthened then it will diversify the traffic. There is also a plan to convert the national highway into six and eight lanes in order to ease the traffic. There is a plan to start new Express Highway between Hyderabad and Bengaluru, Bengaluru to Chennai, Vijayavada to Amaravathi and Bengaluru”, he said.