Union Minister for Roads Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said that: travelling to Goa from Mumbai by road may soon take only six hours due to the construction of a new four-lane concrete highway.
There is a large number of Goans settled in Mumbai for education, work or other purposes. Due to this, they need to travel back and forth. Tourists also make a beeline to Goa at every opportunity they get.
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It usually takes more than 10 hours to travel to Mumbai by road. Travelling by flight is expensive but it takes just 45 minutes which makes it faster to travel. People want to reach their destination in less time at a lesser cost.
“It will soon take only six-hours to travel between Goa and Mumbai with the four-lane concrete highway we are building,” Nitin Gadkari said, adding that the rate of road building by his ministry was 22 kms per day.
Gadkari was speaking at a function on the occasion of signing a concession agreement between the Mormugao Port Trust and Goa Seaport Pvt.Ltd for redevelopment of two berths and other barge berths at the central government facility.
The port project in Goa’s Betul village had faced opposition from the locals. Due to a number of protests against it, the minister put forth a proposal to shift the project to either of the neighbouring states of Maharashtra or Karnataka.
An eight km highway will be constructed connecting the upcoming Mopa airport in North Goa, located 40 kms from Panaji, to the National Highway 17 at the cost of Rs 300 crore, he added.