Nitin Gadkari, the minister of roads and highways, has posted pictures of the nearly finished four-lane coastal highway connecting Goa and Karnataka. The 187-kilometer route travels across a variety of landscapes, including hilly terrain for 24 kilometers and undulating country for 45 kilometers. On one side, it borders the coast of the Arabian Sea, and on the other, the Western Ghats.
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. He also referred to it as a world-class infrastructure and the cornerstone of the new India. The highway links the Kundapur stretch of National Highway-17 (NH-17) in the state of Karnataka to the border between Goa and Karnataka.
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.
Currently, 173 kilometers, or 92.42%, of the highway's entire construction have been finished, and the final portion of the project should be finished by the end of this year. On the highway, though, traffic is already flowing.
This project will not only link the western and southern regions of the nation but would also, according to the minister, "lower travel time, avoid accidents, optimize vehicle operating expenses, help in fuel savings owing to smoother roads and minimize congestion for inter and intra state commuters."
Additionally, the seaside stretch has boosted economic growth by offering several prospects for brand-new commercial and industrial firms. For the local people, this has in turn resulted in the creation of direct and indirect jobs.
The minister stated that his office is aggressively working to create world-class infrastructure across every corner of the country, advancing the nation towards an age of 'Prosperity Through Connectivity' , in line with the government's objective.