Union minister Gadkari clears road widening works on Pune-Nashik highway

Heavy traffic congestion in Chakan chowk will soon be a matter of past. Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari gave clearance for six laning of the Pune-Nashik highway. The decision has brought joy for Chakan area residents as the road widening will help ease out the chaotic traffic situation on busy chowk.

Announcing the decision on his Twitter handle, the minister said that the draft notification has been sanctioned for the entrustment of Nashik Phata to Khed section on new NH-60 (old NH-50) under section 11 of NHAI Act, 1988 after withdrawing the same from the public works department.

Over the years, the stretch in question on the Pune-Nashik highway has become a hotspot for traffic snarls and accidents. Members of industries’ associations and commuters who spent nearly 30 to 45 minutes daily in the traffic jam on Chakan Chowk expressed happiness over the move.

In 2020, the National Highways Authority of India, had floated tenders for widening and expansion of NH 60 stretch between Indrayani river and Khed taluka. The estimated cost is pegged at Rs 650 crore. The 17.8 km road will see the widening of it to six lanes, with a 2.25-km long flyover at Chakan junction. The proposal also features seven underpasses, two overpasses and two elevated structures proposed to be developed on the highway as per the tender.

The ambitious project is very crucial as it addresses traffic congestion issues in the Chakan, Khed and Ranjangaon MIDC areas.

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