“The National Highway connectivity in Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh–Telangana is complete now”, declared the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari today after he inaugurated 3 key bridges and two road improvement projects in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra through video link.
The Minister also laid foundation stones for four other major bridge projects across the rivers Wainganga, Bandiya, Perikota and Perimili. These projects are considered crucial for improving mobility for socio-economic development of the Gadchiroli district.
The projects inaugurated today were:
- 855-metre major bridge across Pranahita river on Nizamabad – Jagdalpur Road (NH 63) at a cost of Rs168 crores,
- 630-metre high-level bridge across the Indravati River near Patagudam on Nizamabad – Jagdalpur Road (NH 63) at a cost of Rs 248 crores.
- 30-metre high-level bridge near Lankachen on Bejurpalli – Aheri Road,
- Improvement of Bejurpalli-Aheri Road (SH 275) between Watra and Moyabinpeta
- Improvement of Garanji – Pustola Road
Speaking on the occasion, Nitin Gadkari said: “This is a dream which has come true after I conceived the idea nearly 25 years ago when I was a Minister in Maharashtra. With this, the total length of National Highway in Gadchiroli district has increased from 54 km to 647 km during my tenure”.
Further stating that 44 road projects of 541 km length have been approved with an outlay of Rs 1,740 crores for Gadchiroli alone, the Union Minister expressed hope the Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district will witness an all-round transformation in upcoming two years or so.
While appreciating the Contractors and engineers in completing the task despite severe obstacles from Naxals, Gadkari said the bridge across River Indravati was completed under very trying and warlike conditions. “A police station had to be set up in order to help construct the bridge”, he said.
He further asked NHAI officials to utilize the saved amount of Rs.50 crore during the works of Major bridges to construct 14 Minor Bridges and ensure seamless transportation in otherwise inaccessible areas of Gadchiroli districts.
Maharashtra PWD Minister Ashok Chavan said road development in Gadchiroli would help industrial development, job creation and uplift of living standards of people, besides helping in the maintenance of law and order. MP Gadchiroli-Chimur Lok Sabha constituency Ashok Nete, other public representatives and officials of Central and State Governments were present.