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Final Up to date: March 30, 2023, 18:25 IST
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday mentioned the work on the Mumbai-Goa freeway will likely be accomplished by December this yr, which might give an enormous enhance to improvement in Maharashtra’s Konkan area.
He was talking on the ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremony in Panvel of the concretisation of the Palaspe-Indupur nationwide freeway stretch and another routes.
The Union Minister of Street Transport and Highways mentioned a number of works within the state’s Konkan area have been held up as a result of points like land acquisition, permissions, contractor issues.
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He additionally introduced the development of the Rs 13,000 crore Morbe-Karanjade street, which can undergo Jawaharlal Nehru Port and cut back the time wanted to cowl the gap between Mumbai and Delhi to 12 hours.
Work on the Rs 1,200 crore Kalamboli junction and Rs 1,200 crore rpt Rs 1,200 crore Pagode junction too will start quickly, he mentioned.
He mentioned the much-delayed Mumbai-Goa nationwide freeway work will likely be accomplished by December this yr, which can massively enhance improvement prospects of the Konkan space.
“The Mumbai-Goa freeway touches 66 tourism spots in Maharashtra’s Konkan. It’ll give improvement a excessive enhance. It’ll additionally guarantee fast transportation of fruits and different produce the area is known for,” Gadkari mentioned.
He blamed the contractors who got two stretches for development in 2011 for the delay. The freeway is being constructed and widened in 11 phases.
“Nevertheless, all issues are resolved now and the freeway, which additionally connects JNPT and Dighi port, will assist in the progress of the nation,” Gadkari mentioned.
He additionally requested state governments to go in for roads with 6-8 inch topping in order that they’ve a lifetime of 50 years, in addition to periodic updating of black spots for proactive rectification.
“India sees 5 lakh street accidents a yr, of which 1.5 lakh are deadly, with a lot of these lifeless within the 18-34 age group. That is distressing. All efforts have to be taken to curb accidents,” he mentioned.
Gadkari additionally mentioned his ministry was within the strategy of introducing satellite-based fare assortment on highways as a substitute of getting toll nakas that impede free move of site visitors.
Maharashtra should research the feasibility of seaplane, hovercraft and water taxi programs for the Konkan area, which is blessed with a protracted shoreline, for tourism and transport functions, the Union minister mentioned.
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