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Nitin Gadkari

Nagpur: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday announced that the work on the Mumbai-Goa highway will be completed within the next one year.

Speaking at the inauguration of three national highway projects, Gadkari said that the initial work was delayed due to land acquisition and obtaining permissions from railways and forest department.

The work highway is underway in 11 phases. The union minister said, “Mumbai-Goa is the heartbeat of this region. So we will definitely complete this work within a year. This highway now exists not only Mumbai-Goa but it has been extended to Mangalore. If government land becomes available on the Mumbai-Goa Highway, we will do our utmost to help set up a logistics park and truck terminal.”

Talking about the employment opportunities for the youth of Konkan region, Gadkari said, “In the last seven years, JNPT has done development work worth Rs one lakh crore. The Special Economic Zone (SEZ) was launched in JNPT in 2016 at a cost of Rs 570 crore. It now has 24 companies operating from there. An investment of Rs 60,000 crore will come soon through this channel. This will provide employment to 1.5 lakh for people in Konkan”.

Maharashtra, especially the Konkan, has a rich heritage of forts, stated the Union Minister. “Therefore, we will fulfil all the proposals for ropeways in the state regarding forts”, said Gadkari.

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