Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said a new greenfield expressway of 699km-long would be constructed to connect Pune and Bengaluru at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore.
During the inauguration of two Highway Projects worth ₹2,334 crore in Sangli, Maharashtra he revealed some information regarding the new highway that link Pune and Bengaluru.
The parallel highway will have good connectivity with the existing Pune-Bengaluru national highway passing through Satara, Kolhapur, Belagavi Hubballi etc. Which would reduce traffic load on existing highway.
This greenfield expressway under Bharatmala Pariyojna will serve as an alternate and faster route compared to National Highway NH-4. The highway will have 8-lanes.
In Maharashtra : The highway will pass through the drought-prone and underdeveloped regions of Khandala, Phaltan and Khatao in Satara district and Khanapur, Tasgaon and Kavthe Mahankal localities in angli district.
In Karnataka : The highway will pass pass through Belagavi, Bagalkot, Gadag, Koppal, Ballari, Davangere, Chitradurga, Tumkur and onwards till Bengaluru.
Gadkari said that the existing 775km Pune-Bengaluru national highway at several sections tend to get submerged during the monsoon. “The new highway has been designed in a way to ensure that no stretch is flooded at any time.
photo : Prasad Pramaj