If all goes as planned, by 2025, Mumbaikars will be able to ride on a 500 km scenic marine highway between Revas port towards Alibaug up to Redi port near Goa along the Konkan’s beaches and forts.
The MVA government in its maiden budget allocated Rs.3,500 crore to develop the existing single-lane state highway into a concrete two-lane marine highway on the lines of the US pacific coast highway. The widening work includes the addition of 30 km of bridges over creeks and rivers.
Justifying the project, which has been in the planning stage for about seven years now, deputy CM Ajit Pawar said while presenting the budget that the economy of the Konkan region depends on orchard development, tourism and fisheries, and hence a marine highway assumes significance to facilitate effective transportation.
The current single-lane road runs parallel to the coast along residences and markets. The proposed development will increase the road’s width from 18-20 metres to 45 metres.