The State Highways that were always criticised for not being up to the mark have made a total round about and are evaluated as the cleanest and safest than ever before. The Marketing and Development Research Associates (MDRA) that has been recognised by the Central Government has made a survey and come out with its findings.  The State Government will shortly approve it and submit to the Central Government, reported Kannada Prabha.

The MDRA survey says the same highways that were condemned by commuters two years ago are now praising it. Around 60 percent of the consumers have said that State roads are very good for travel. In the survey conducted in 2015 only 29 percent had good things to say about State roads.

Around 30 highways developed by the grants sanctioned by both Central and State governments have received very good response from people. The survey was conducted as five person for ever kilometre. A total of 11,000 commuters were asked, opinion collected and scientifically analysed.

The State government is required to conduct such survey at regular intervals as per the norms. To get World Bank loans also such surveys are essential. The survey conducted last month evaluated of all main roads, including the roads under the State Highways Development Project. Around 41 percent have appreciated the quality of the roads, 51 percent have appreciated the signboards and the boards put up giving details of the civil works. Around 36 percent have appreciated the time period kept up and around 47 percent appreciated the response to accidents on highways.

On Chintamani, Hosakote, Haveri, Hanagal, Chudapura –Kalburgi roads 97 percent commuters expressed total satisfaction. On Mudgal – Gangavathi highway 95 percent gave total satisfactory response.

The State government is undertaking development of highways by taking loan from World Bank and in the first phase the State has received Rs 2260 crores and developed 2400 km. In the second stage a total of 2250 km will be developed by taking Rs 1575 crores from World Bank and adding State’s contribution of RS 700 crores.  Already 85 per cent of the civil works are completed in the second phase of the project. By April next the project will be completed said officials.

Project chief engineer, PWD, Kini said that according to the survey conducted as per the requirement of World Bank State roads are very good. The survey findings have been approved by a high level meeting. It will be submitted to the Centre and World Bank.