GOA: PWD minister Deepak Pauskar said that all work of expansion of national highways in Goa will be completed by May 2021. Massive highway expansion work, covering 135km in Goa is presently on. “By May 2021, we will complete all national highway works from Patradevi to Polem. That is our target,” said Pauskar.
Under the multi-crore highway expansion project, the national highway is slated to be widened from its current two lanes to four lanes. This will allow vehicles to cruise at a speed of 80kmph to 100kmph. The work also includes vehicular underpasses all along the highway meant to improve accident prone junctions. China-based company, Quingdao, along with a Hyderabad firm are the contractors for a 17.4km stretch, while another company, also based in Hyderabad, Navyuga constructions, has bagged the expansion work for a 25km stretch.
While the Karaswada to Bambolim highway expansion contract is worth Rs 850 crore, the Patradevi to Karaswada project has been awarded for Rs 630 crore. The project highway will link the states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka starting at Patradevi on the Maharashtra-Goa border to Polem on the Goa-Karnataka border, which will be of a total length of 135.9km.
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