Submitted by Subeditor on Sat, 2016-01-16 15:36 Bengaluru: Once again the government will be closing traffic on Shiradhi Ghat section connecting Bengaluru and Mangaluru from the second week of February. In order to complete the second phase of road works here and give final touches to works already executed, government is blocking the highway, disclosed H C Mahadevappa, Minister for Public Works. Speaking to media he said, “The department is taking up second phase of road work on Shiradhi Ghats at an expenditure of Rs 92 Crore. This includes concreting of a 12- kilometer stretch of road and asphalting of a 21-kilometer stretch of road.” The contract has been given to a Chennai-based company and in first phase work on 25-kilometer stretch of road has been completed at a cost of Rs 84 crore, he said. “Only after the work is started, the department can ascertain the time required for the completion of work,” Mahadevappa expressed adding that, “the department will think of closing the road during the repair works.” It may be recalled that Shiradhi Ghats road was blocked for vehicles from January 2015 till the first week of August, earlier. Tunnel Road in Western Ghats to Connect Bengaluru,Mangaluru While Yettinahole project issue has turned into a heated debate between the State and environmentalists, the Karnataka Government is planning for a 24-kilometer long tunnel road on Western Ghats connecting Bengaluru and Mangaluru by spending over Rs 8,000 Crore from the exchequer. H C Mahadevappa on Thursday said that in order to build a strong connectivity between Chennai and Mangaluru, government is contemplating on this tunnel road. This may require Rs 8,000 to Rs 9000 Crore fund although it is just an idea in the pipeline. “We are also discussing its merits and demerits. Government will hold a discussion with the environment experts and get a detailed study report. However, this would boost tourism in coastal Karnataka,” he added. Meanwhile, government has sought a Detailed Project Report (DPR) from an Australian based company on this idea.