Uran road widening to start next week
Eight-lane road without traffic signals to end JNPT traffic snarls and curb rising accidents
Mumbai-Goa, Mumbai-Pune and other routes have to make use of these roads and hence there had been demand for road widening here for years.
Taking note of the demand, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari decided to expand the roads in the JNPT area.
Tenders were floated and J Kumar, JM Mhatre and Asoka Bilcon companies were awarded contracts. Work orders have been issued to them.
Permission has been sought from the high court for road work in mangroves area. The hearing is in final stage. NHAI officials are hopeful that the decision will be positive for the project.
Till the time, the court permission comes, primary works have begun between Kalamboli circle to D-Point and Palape Phata and also between JNPT.
JNPT has contributed Rs 2,600 crore for the project, while the Centre has contributed Rs400 crore.
Prashant Fegde, project director, NHAI said, “The traffic in the area is expected to increase manifold due to the airport project and also expansion of JNPT. That is why the road-widening project has been taken up.”
According to him ,“The project was divided into four parts and accordingly tenders were called and agencies appointed.”
Fegde said, “We are planning to start the work from May 15. The contractors have been given two years to complete the work.”
JNPT HAS CONTRIBUTED RS 2,600 CRORE FOR THE PROJECT, WHILE THE CENTRE HAS CONTRIBUTED RS400 CRORE. WORK TO WIDEN THE ROADS WILL START ON MAY 15
Due to the narrow roads in Uran, traffic snarls and accidents have become frequent.