According to Nitin Gadkari, minister of roads and highways, the six-lane tunnel on the Pune-Satara highway is being built for an estimated Rs 926 Crore.
By March 2023, completion is anticipated. The new tunnel will be built as a twin tunnel with three lanes each and will be situated on the Khambatki Ghat on National Highway-4.
The present "S" curve in the Satara-Pune route will soon be finished, the minister continued, significantly lowering the likelihood of accidents. Currently, the travel times between Satara and Pune through Khambataki Ghat are 45 minutes and 10-15 minutes, respectively. However, after this tunnel is finished, the average travel time will drop to 5–10 minutes. The tunnel will also improve connection and assist commuters in saving money and time.
Gadkari recently released pictures of a brand-new, 187-kilometer-long, four-lane motorway connecting Goa and Karnataka, which is bordered on one side by the Arabian Sea and the other by the Western Ghats. A total of 45 kilometres of the highway's length are in rolling terrain, while the remaining 24 kilometres are through hilly terrain.
Gadkari described the highway shoreline as gorgeous and said that it serves as a crucial coastal highway link between the west and south of India. Major towns and cities along the road, including Panvel, Chiplun, Karwar, Udupi, Surathkal, Ratnagiri, Panaji, Margao, Mangalore, Kozhikode, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kanyakumari, are connected by the coastal highway.
92.42% of the highway's overall construction is already finished, and the remaining work is anticipated to be finished by the end of this year. On the highway, though, traffic is already flowing. According to the minister, the route would "decrease travel time, minimise accidents, optimise vehicle operating costs, help in fuel savings owing to smoother road and reduce congestion for inter and intra state travellers."
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