Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for about 206 km long national highway projects worth nearly Rs 1,678 crore in Nashik, Maharashtra.
The greenfield expressway project from Surat-Nashik-Ahmednagar-Solapur to Chennai has been approved by the Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) under Project Phase-1.
Nashik-Mumbai highway would be repaired and renovated at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore. Moreover, six-lane of 20 km route from Pimprisado to Gonde and elevated corridor from Nashik Road to Dwarka will also be constructed.
Surat-Nashik-Ahmednagar-Solapur to Chennai Greenfield Expressway Project is an access-controlled route and after completion of the project the distance between Surat to Solapur will be reduced to 95 km and distance to travel from Surat to Chennai will be reduced to about 200 km.
The project is expected to be completed in three years. It will save a lot of fuel and also reduce the travel time. Also, as expressways pass through rural areas, more employment opportunities will be generated.
The distance from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Gonde is 20 km. Once completed, Nashik residents will travel to Mumbai by the six lanes road. The estimated cost will be Rs 600 crore. It includes 10 underpasses, three RoBs and a service road.
The project will provide fast and secure connectivity to Mumbai. Along with the overall development of the area, new industries and job creation will be provided by Gonde MIDC.
Nashik Road to Dwarka Chowk is a part of Nashik-Pune (R. M. No. 50) and recently has been included in the Bharatmala Pariyojana project. Due to this project, traffic congestion at Vdarka Chowk will be eliminated and the journey from Nashik Road to Dwarka will be done in half time.