Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Saturday inaugurated and laid the foundation for 33 National Highway (NH) projects in Karnataka via video conferencing (NH) projects in Karnataka . These projects include 1,197 km long roads worth ₹10,904 crore. The event was presided over by Chief Minister Shri Y S Yeddiyurappa, and was attended by former PM H D Devegowda, Union Ministers Shri Prahlad Joshi, Shri Sadanand Gowda, Gen Dr V K Singh, ministers from the State and senior officers.Gadkari further informed that the Central Government will invest approximately an amount of ₹1,16,144 crore in Karnataka in the coming years.The minister also said that CRF works worth ₹8,330 crore have been sanctioned till now for Karnataka. Gadkari called upon the state to take up the production of Ethanol in a big way, as it is one of the largest producers of sugarcane in the country. The country is already over-producing sugar and rice, and sufficient stock are available with the government. The surplus may be converted to ethanol, which can be used as an alternative fuel for vehicles,” he said.