Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gandkari said that the Centre has approved new National Highway projects worth Rs 5,801 crore rupees for Maharashtra under the Annual Plan.
Speaking to the media in Mumbai yesterday after reviewing the progress of Highway Infrastructure projects in Maharashtra, the Union Minister said the project includes improving and developing 1035 km of National Highways in the State.
In addition, Rs 1,800 crore projects under the Central Road Fund scheme has also been sanctioned. The Minister informed that 1 lakh Crore Greenfield Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will be extended till JNPT, to facilitate container traffic. He said the Maharashtra Government will partner in its construction by the means of GST exemption and royalty-free supply of steel and cement, which will be considered as State Government equity in the project.
He further informed that in order to decongest Mumbai-Pune stretch of the National Highway, a separate North-South Highway corridor from Surat via Nashik – Ahmednagar – Solapur would be built for the traffic bound for the southern states. Gadkari informed that ‘Palkhi Marg’ connecting Pandharpur – Alandi and Pandharpur-Dehu Road will be constructed, which will have a parallel pedestrian track for Warkaris to undertake their pilgrimage to Pandharpur safely and comfortably.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has built 3,771 km of concrete roads in Maharashtra. The target for construction during 2020-21 is 2,500 km out of which 1,394 km have so far been completed.