`197-crore high­way widen­ing work at Kalamboli to start soon

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KALAMBOLI: NH4 that runs from Kalamboli to She­dung will soon be ex­panded with more lanes and fly­overs.

The Road De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (RDC) has called for ten­ders for the project.

An agency is ex­pected to be ap­pointed by next month fol­low­ing which, work on the project will be­gin. The project is ex­pected to cost Rs197 crore.

Fol­low­ing the de­mand for the ex­pan­sion of the high­way by MLA Prashant Thakur, the gov­ern­ment had con­ducted a sur­vey of the area. How­ever, owing to lack of funds, the project had been stuck.

Now, with funds hav­ing been sanc­tioned by the gov­ern­ment, RDC pub­lished the ten­der doc­u­ment on Novem­ber 18.

Ac­cord­ing to RDC ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer San­jay Gangurde, “The work on NH4 will be done in three ar­eas. One stage of the work is at Pan­vel. Sanc­tion has been given to five works here at the cost of Rs197 crore.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the project can be made till De­cem­ber 14. There­after, an agency will be ap­pointed at the ear­li­est to start the work on the ex­pan­sion.

The busy high­way wit­nesses con­stant traf­fic with a large num­ber of heavy ve­hi­cles on the route. Along with the ex­press­way, NH4 too is used by ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling from Mum­bai to the ghat ar­eas. While the high­way has four lanes at most places, the high­way around Pan­vel is nar­row and has only two lanes.

Kalamboli, New Pan­vel, Khanda Colony, Pan­vel, Bhin­gari, Kalunde and Kon ar­eas are wit­ness­ing rapid ur­ban­i­sa­tion, lead­ing to an in­crease in pop­u­la­tion in the re­gion.

The num­ber of ve­hi­cles on the roads too is in­creas­ing. This has re­sulted in reg­u­lar traf­fic snarls in the area.

Kalamboli steel mar­ket, Khanda Colony and Aji­wali ar­eas wit­ness a num­ber of ac­ci­dents when pedes­tri­ans cross the high­way.

The speed­ing ve­hi­cles on the high­way has com­mute dan­ger­ous. On pub­lic hol­i­days and week­ends, the travel from Palaspa Phata to the el­e­vated road in Pan­vel at times takes al­most an hour.

Ve­hi­cles on Kalamboli-She­dung high­way have in­creased.

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