Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, while virtual inaugurating several highway projects in Nashik yesterday, said, “At present almost all the district headquarters of Maharashtra are connected by National Highways. The new highway projects will increase the connectivity of Nashik. Inaugurated and laid foundation stones for kilometer long National Highway projects. Gadkari also informed that the Greenfield Expressway project from Surat-Nashik-Ahmednagar-Solapur to Chennai has been approved by the Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways under Project Phase-I for India. He announced that the repair and renovation of the Nashik-Mumbai highway would be done at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore. Corridor will be constructed.
Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Kapil Moreshwar Patil appreciated Gadkari’s continuous work. “With the efforts of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, the country is witnessing a holistic approach towards development,” he said.
Dr. Bharti Praveen Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare said, “Today the expansion of National Highways has made transportation in remote tribal areas very easy and remote areas connected with the city.”
Salient Features of National Highway Projects :
Surat-Nashik-Ahmednagar-Solapur to Chennai Greenfield Expressway Project
This is an access control route and after completion of the project the distance between Surat to Solapur will be reduced by 95 kms and the travel distance from Surat to Chennai will be reduced by about 200 kms. The project is expected to be completed in 3 years. This project will save a lot of fuel and also reduce the travel time. Also, as the expressways pass through rural areas, more employment opportunities will be created.
Pimprisado to Gonde road will be six lane
The distance from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Gonde is 20 kms. After the construction of six lanes, Nashik residents will travel to Mumbai by six lane road. Its estimated cost will be Rs 600 crore. It consists of 10 underpasses, 3 robes and a service road. The project will provide fast and secure connectivity to Mumbai. This will save precious time and fuel. Gonde will provide new industries and employment generation along with overall development of the region by MIDC. Expansion and employment will increase.
Nashik Road to Dwarka Chowk will be elevated corridor
Nashik Road to Dwarka Chowk is a part of Nashik-Pune (RM No. 50) and has recently been included in the Bharatmala project. With this project, the problem of jam at Dwarka Chowk will be eliminated and the journey from Nashik Road to Dwarka will be completed in half the time. The solution to the traffic jam at Dwarka Chowk will break the chain of accidents and make the journey pleasant, safe and easy.