With the objective of giving an impetus to tourism and economic activities in the state, the Gujarat government has proposed a new 1,630km long coastal corridor from Umargam in south Gujarat to Narayan Sarovar in Kutch. To be completed under the PM Gati Shakti scheme, the government proposes to set aside a stipulated area along the highway for various industrial and allied activities.
The state government has already earmarked the first 300 kilometres of the project covering the districts of Valsad, Navsari, Surat and Bharuch in south Gujarat. A key source close to the development confirmed that the state government has proposed a new coastal corridor highway under the PM Gati Shakti project. “This will probably be the longest coastal highway in the country. Out of the total length of 1,630km, a stretch of 140km will be developed as greenfield coastal area while the remaining 1,490km will be brownfield road,” sources said.
Providing more information, sources said that the corridor will be minimum ten metres wide with three driving lanes, while at present, the existing roads are less than five metres wide. “A fixed area along the coastal corridor will be declared as a buffer area and will be reserved for future development. This will truly be a coastal highway corridor,” sources said. Sources said that the total estimated project cost will be around Rs 2,400 crore and is expected to be completed in three years. “For the first phase, 300km has been earmarked in four districts of south Gujarat for development of the project. The objective is boost coastal tourism, transport and other economic activities,” said informed sources.
Under the PM Gati Shakti project, a detailed plan has been prepared for first 300km stretch. Sources said that the entire corridor is being planned keeping in mind the CRZ (coastal regulation zone) restrictions, forest regulations and the like. “We have followed all guidelines to avoid delays in clearances. All highway points have been designed to be 500 metres from the HTL (high tide level) so that people can enjoy the beauty of the sea coast. The government aims to link all tourism attractions and industrial hubs to the coastal corridor. The tourism and other departments will also prepare their respective roadmaps to optimize the outcomes of this ambitious 1,630km long project,” said sources.