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