Uran road widen­ing to start next week

Eight-lane road with­out traf­fic sig­nals to end JNPT traf­fic snarls and curb ris­ing ac­ci­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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

HT FILE

Due to the nar­row roads in Uran, traf­fic snarls and ac­ci­dents have be­come fre­quent.

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