Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-02-04 00:57 Bengaluru: The state and the union governments have agreed on implementing the much-awaited six-lane access-controlled highway between Bengaluru and Mysuru.Making the announcement at an event in the city on Wednesday, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said the formalities would be completed at the earliest work on the highway would begin by year-end.“The project cost is estimated at Rs.8,000. It will be a toll road, and the service road will be built on both the sides,” he told an interactive meeting organized by Namma Bengaluru Foundation on Wednesday evening.Gadkari also told the meeting that educational, hospital clusters would be developed near bypasses built along this new six-lane highway.The Union Minister also stated that National Highway 209 between Bengaluru and Dindigal will be widened at an estimated cost of Rs.850 crores.“The Dabaspet–Hoskote road will also be widened at an estimated cost of Rs.2,000 crores and the Tumakuru-Nelamangala stretch of NH 4 will also be widened,” he told the meeting.Gadkari also said that the proposal of developing an expressway between Bengaluru and Chennai was under the union government’s consideration.Gadkari urged the experts and officials to reduce the cost involved in the implementation of the major projects.“A battery-operated bus used to Rs.2.5 crores. The battery alone cost Rs.55 lakh. But now ISRO has developed a battery which cost around Rs.10 lakh. Use of concrete hollow blocks will bring down the construction cost by 35 to 40�and we are planning to set up a concrete hollow block in Bengaluru,” he said.Gadkari said all metro cities including Bengaluru suffered from traffic jams. “I was personally struck in traffic jam in Bengaluru recently. The situation is the same in Delhi.” He said elevated roads and ring roads were the solutions, the but the long-term solution s integration of all modes of transport, Gadkari said.Gadkari said he could not introduce the new transport policy as corrupt RTO officials misled state transport ministers, but expressed his confidence that the bill would be passed in the budget session of Parliament.