Gadkari announces a 10,000-crore highway project between Aurangabad and Pune.

Union Minister Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Sunday that an access-controlled highway will be built between Aurangabad and Pune at a cost of ten billion rupees to significantly shorten travel time between the two Maharashtra towns.

Mr. Gadkari dedicated 86 kilometers of National Highway 52 in Aurangabad to the country on Sunday at a total cost of Rs. 3,216 crore. He also lay the groundwork for four more road projects costing Rs. 2,253 crore in this city.

The distance between Aurangabad and Pune is approximately 225 kilometers. We will construct an access-controlled highway connecting these two cities, with no bends and cars capable of reaching speeds of up to 140 km/h. The journey time between the two cities will be reduced to 1.15 hours as a result of this (as against four to five hours currently). This new alignment would go from Paithan to Ahmednagar, He stated.

He also stated that a double decker bridge will be built on Jalna Road in Aurangabad to alleviate traffic congestion.

The Minister also addressed the Marathwada region's water crisis.

"Previously, I had approved a plan to alleviate water scarcity in Marathwada. If the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra overcome their differences, the Jayakwadi dam (near Auragabad) would benefit the most and will be full every year " Gadkari said.

Dr. Bhagwat Karad, Union Minister of State for Finance, has asked that an electric car facility be built in the Shendra or Bidkin industrial areas in order to develop the industry.

Dr. Karad further stated that an international convention center is required to encourage industrial tourism in Aurangabad.

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