Union minister Nitin Gadkari along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated a bridge on Mumbai-Goa Highway yesterday. As per Indian Express report, the bridge was reconstructed after the original one was washed away in floods in Savitri last year. Alongside the bridge inauguration, bhoomipujan for highway projects worth Rs 4,000 crore was also performed Monday. Projects that were cleared include 24.43 km stretch between Indapur and Vadpale at Rs 1,202 crore, a 39.5 km stretch from Veer to Bhogaon-Khurd at the cost of Rs 1,598 crore and another 13.6 km road from Bhogaon to Kashedi Ghat for which Rs 1,011 crore was spent.Check out what this crucial link is all about
1. The bridge, which measures 239 metres – It was washed away in 2016. Last year in August, several vehicles were feared to have been swept away in the Savitri River, bringing traffic to a halt, a PTI report said. Two buses were also reported missing and some other vehicles were feared to have been swept away.
2 An expenditure of Rs 35.55 crore was incurred on rebuilding it.
3. It was completed in a record span of 165 days. The state PWD took less than three weeks for survey, design and detailed estimate of the new bridge.
4. The bridge is a high priority link on Mumbai-Goa Highway for transport and economic activities.
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5. It involved upgrade of two lanes with paved shoulder of Mahad to Raigad Fort up to Ranmata Jjau Samadhi and Chitta Darwaja and Hikaniwadi.
6. One of the primary reason could be the high pressure caused due to flooding of river Savitri because of heavy rains in the catchment of Mahabaleshwar, the chief minister had said last year after the incident, as per Indian express