The ministry of road transport & highways (MoRTH) has given its “in principle” approval for declaring 93 selected stretches of state roads and highways as new national highways in Maharashtra.
The ministry of road transport & highways (MoRTH) has given its “in principle” approval for declaring 93 selected stretches of state roads and highways as new national highways in Maharashtra. The cumulative length of the selected roads is 10,348 km.
Out of this, 60 stretches with an aggregate length of 6,385 km are assigned to the state’s public works department (PWD) while 33 stretches with an aggregate length of 3,963 km have been assigned to Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC).
The ministry has also sanctioned the appointment of consultants for the preparation of the detailed project reports (DPR) for these roads and which are currently underway. These roads, for which the DPRs are ongoing, will either be four-lane or upgraded to two-lane paved shoulders, depending on the traffic on these stretches.
The feasibility reports are expected to be ready within a month’s time and the DPRs based on which bids will be invited are expected to be completed by December 2016.
Some of these roads may extend into the states of Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat. The exact details will be known once the DPRs are prepared. Radheshyam Mopalwar, vice-chairman and MD of MSRDC, told FE that once the feasibility reports and DPRs are approved and the construction assigned by MoRTH, the work is envisaged be completed in two years from the date of the work orders.
Maharashtra currently has a total of 4,844 km under national highways. With these current projects, another 10,348 km would get added, helping the state achieve high-speed connectivity.
Mopalwar added that this would also benefit agriculture, transportation and other allied sectors as well as provide a boost to the local economy. The projects have been further divided into circles such as Nagpur, Aurangabad and Mumbai circles and also envisage improved highway connectivity to key areas such as the Dighi and Jaigarh ports.