Lays foundation stone for Rs 2337 crore four-lane cement concrete road; proposed expansion of highway will have 1300 roadside amenities including helipads and other outlets
PANJIM: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari announced that nearly Rs 15,000 crore would be spent on development of road transport in Goa by 2018. This includes the Rs 5000 crore four-lane cement concrete road along the Goa-Mumbai national highway for which the foundation stone was laid on Thursday.
“Today we have made a plan to spend Rs 15,000 crore on road transport in Goa of which 28 works estimated at the cost of Rs 4000 crore have already commenced,” Gadkari said in the presence of Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.
“I assure you that at least for the next 200 years, these roads and bridges (that are undertaken or being proposed) would be without any pot-holes or cracks,” he said.
Gadkari was in Goa to lay foundation stone for the project of Rs 2337 crore four-lane cement concrete road from Patradevi to Karaswada in Mapusa and Mapusa to Bambolim, which is part of the Mumbai-Goa NH 4A development. The project will be undertaken in 15 packages of which four packages are in Goa and 11 in Maharashtra.
“We have laid the foundation stone for the North Goa package. The tender for the same will be floated tomorrow. The South Goa package with cost of Rs 3000 crore will be tendered in next two-three months,” the Union Minister said.
Stating that the proposed four-laning of the highway will have around 1300 roadside amenities which include helipads besides outlets selling local produce, Gadkari urged the Goa government to make land available to set up such facilities in the State.
Gadkari said, “This road is significant for the development of the Konkan and Goa area. The only negative side of this highway is that it has highest number of accidents in the country killing several people. Hence, while constructing the road with international standard, we have tried to ensure that it is accident-free.”
Giving a brief about the four packages, the Chief Minister said that care has been taken to ensure that the proposed 4-laning does not impact houses or residential colonies along the road. “For that we have proposed, nine vehicular underpasses, four flyovers and one vehicular over pass,” he said.
Zuari bridge to be ready by 2018
The six-lane bridge over River Zuari will be completed by 2018, Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari said. He said the Ministry will spend Rs 3500 crore on the bridge and another Rs 1000 crore on the approach roads. “The iconic cable-stayed bridge will be a world attraction, by way of having viewing gallery atop showcasing Goa’s history, light and sound shows, restaurant, etc,” he said.
Goa-Mumbai coastal highway to
replicate Las Vegas-San Francisco
Pacific Coast Highway
The Union Roads and Highways ministry is contemplating the possibility of developing the coastal highway connecting Goa to Mumbai in line with the Las Vegas-San Francisco Pacific Coast Highway.
“I have been to the USA recently. I had an opportunity to travel on the San Francisco to Las Vegas road Pacific coast highway. I travelled for almost 12 hours by road,” Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
He said it was then that the concept of developing the Goa-Mumbai coastal highway on similar lines occurred to him. “I thought we could similarly develop Mumbai-Goa coastal highway for tourism purposes. An international agency has been assigned the work of preparing a project report,” the minister said.