- January 25, 2023
- Posted by: Planet Goa Team
- Category: Talk of the Town - Get The Latest Updates In Goa
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25th January 2023
The Maharashtra state government has announced the plans to develop the Mumbai-Goa Highway. The travel from economic capital Mumbai to holiday capital Goa will soon get a makeover. The will be build on the lines of the state-of-the-art Mumbai Pune Expressway and Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Mahamarg corridor.
During the conclusion ceremony of the Malvani Mahotsav in Thane, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced this development initiative. The Mumbai-Goa expressway will be new construction in the greenfield expressway format. It will have access control, a system pioneered by Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The widening of the coastal road to Sindhudurg in the state’s Konkan region is in process, he added.
The Mumbai–Pune Expressway is officially called Yashwantrao Chavan Expressway. It is the country’s first six-lane, wide concrete, access-controlled toll expressway spanning 94.5 km. It came into full operation in 2022. New levels of speed and safety introduced to one of the busiest road segments of the country. It passes through several tunnels in Sahyadri mountains, five interchanges and two carriageways. The expressway is non-stop zone with no permission for vehicles stopage.
Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway or Samruddhi Mahamarg is a six-lane wide, 701-km long access-controlled expressway. It is partially operational as of now. It is one of the longest greenfield projects in India, built from scratch.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai-Goa Highway is undergoing a four-laning project, decreasing the travel time from 13 hours to 8 hours. Work is underway, going on in 11-phases which is costing around Rs 17,000 crore. Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the four-laning of the Mumbai-Goa highway gets completed by 2024.