Union highways minister Nitin Gadkari said that a new national highway connecting Pune and Bengaluru is on the cards, and this 699 km highway will be passing through the drought-prone areas of Satara and Sangli districts.
Gadkari said several sections of the existing 775 km Pune-Bengaluru national highway 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,” he said, while addressing a rally in Sangli.
The new highway — to be built at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore — will pass through drought-prone and underdeveloped regions of Khandala, Phaltan and Khatao in Satara district, and Khanapur, Tasgaon and Kavthe Mahankal region in Sangli district.
In Karnataka, it will pass through Belagavi, Bagalkot, Gadag, Koppal, Ballari, Davangere, Chitradurga, Tumkur and onwards till Bengaluru. This parallel highway already has good connectivity with the existing Pune-Bengaluru highway that passes through Satara, Kolhapur, Hubbali. The new route will also help reduce traffic load on the existing highway.
Gadkari inaugurated two national highway projects worth Rs 2,334 crore on Saturday in Sangli city. He inaugurated the stretch between Borgaon and Vatambare on the Nagpur-Ratnagiri national highway-166 (worth Rs 2,076. 63 crore) and the Sangola-Sonand-Jath stretch on national highway 965 (worth Rs 257. 38 crore).