With the construction of 4-lane Mumbai-Goa highway, completed by 2018, travel time will reduce to 6 hours. Union Minister of road transport, highway and shipping, Nitin Gadkari informed on Thursday. It is expected that the road will help boost tourism in Coastal state. He has agreed to link the Mumbai-Goa highway to Pollem in South Goa against the earlier plan to connect it up to Patradevi on Goa’s border touching Maharashtra. Read the full report here.
The Minister was addressing a gathering after a concession agreement between Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) and Goa Seaport Pvt Ltd, for the redevelopment of cargo berth 8 and 9 was signed in his presence. Gadkari also inaugurated installation of 200 KV capacity solar plants.
“When I had taken charge, the road construction was 2 km per day, then it was 22 km per day, and now we are targeting at 42 km per day by next March. The life of the road will be at least 50 years,” Gadkari said.
By building better roads, Gadkari said they target to reduce road accidents. Stating that 5 lakh accidents occur every year in the country, Gadkari asserted that special attention would be given to reduce road mishaps. “By building better roads, we want to save lives”, he said adding they have identified 786 black spots (accident spots) across the country and urged Goa government to find black spots as center would provide funds to remove them
“A 10 % fund is reserved to improve black spots on highways and state roads,” Gadkari said adding when he had taken the charge, the road construction was 2 km per day. Last March, it was increased to 22 km per day. Next, they have set a target of constructing 42 km of road per day. The concrete roads will have a life of 50 years.