The Maharashtra government has approved infrastructure projects worth Rs 5,200 crore across the state. The projects include the Thane-Ghodbunder elevated road, a third bridge on Sion-Panvel highway, elevated road on Bhiwandi-Kalyan-Shilphata highway, and expansion of the Mumbai-Pune expressway.
Officials have stated that the 4.4-km-long elevated road connecting Thane and Ghodbunder would fix the traffic woes. The road project will cost around Rs 667.37 crore. The road will be constructed on design-finance-build-operate-transfer basis and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation has been selected as the nodal agency to carry out the project, inform officials.
Constructed at an expected cost of Rs 389.63 crore, the Bhiwandi-Kalyan-Shilphata highway project will connect Kalyan with the Mumbai-Pune Highway at Shilphata and the Mumbai-Nashik Highway at Bhiwandi. The state government has plans to develop a new township adjoining the highway in Kalyan as well.
To improve the connectivity between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, a third bridge would be built at an estimated budget of Rs 775 crore. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway will be converted into 14 lanes from the current 10 lanes between Mumbai and Pune, at a cost of Rs 3,400 crore. With the expansion of the expressway, the travel time would be decreased by 20 minutes for commuters.