One more Highway project for Maharashtra

2022-07-07 11:45:46 Logistics News (Roadways & Railways)

The new 6-Lane tunnel at Khambatki Ghat on Pune-Satara highways (NH-4) on the ecologically fragile Western Ghats is expected to be completed in the next nine months.

 Work on the project is on full swing.

The highway expansion project is currently under construction said Union Minister for Highways Nitin Gadkari in a series of tweets. The project involves construction of twin tunnels with three lanes each

The work on expanding the existing 'S' curve in Satara-Pune direction shall be completed soon that would lead to drastic reduction in accident risks. The total capital cost for the 6.43 km long project is approximately Rs 926 Crore and is expected to be completed by March 2023.

Mr Gadkari said our country (certain parts particularly Maharashtra) is witnessing unprecedented infrastructural transformation and unfolding 'Prosperity Through Connectivity'.

He said New India Demands World Class Infrastructure.

Mr Gadkari said the tunnel is going to enhance connectivity and most importantly, provide direct benefits to the commuters through their Value Over Time (VOT) and Value Over Cost (VOC) savings.

The Minister said average travel time at Pune-Satara and Satara - Pune stretch through Khambataki Ghat is 45 minutes and 10-15 minutes respectively. With the completion of this tunnel, average travel time shall be reduced to 5-10 minutes.

Pune-Satara is on the highway leading to Goa cutting across Western Ghats.

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