Centre Allocates ₹12,600 Cr To Gujarat For Building Roads, Bridges, Highways

| Updated: January 20, 2023 12:00 pm

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, stated on Thursday that Gujarat will receive an additional ₹12,600 crore from the Central government for the building of roads, bridges, and logistic parks in the state. The fund will include ₹6,000 crore for the creation of multimodal logistics parks in the state and ₹1,000 crore for the building of Road Over Bridges (ROBs) or Road Under Bridges (RUBs) on roads other than national highways.

After surveying the ongoing construction at the future Ahmedabad-Dholera Expressway, Gadkari briefed the media reporters at Kavitha village near Ahmedabad. He was in Gujarat to assess the progress of various highway projects being carried out in the state by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

Later chief minister Bhupendra Patel and Gadkari had a high-level meeting concerning the state’s ongoing highway projects on Wednesday in Gandhinagar.

He elaborated on the break-up of the package: “State highways, district roads and roads within municipal boundaries would receive ₹3,000 crore. To establish ROBs and RUBs on state roads as part of the Setu Bandhan project, we will contribute ₹1,000 crore.”

He further added: “For multi-modal logistic parks, we will allocate ₹6,000 crore. In all, the Centre will disburse ₹12,600 crore to Gujarat.”

By January 2024, he claimed, the 109 km long Ahmedabad-Dholera Expressway, which will link Ahmedabad to the future Special Investment Region and Dholera Smart City, would be completed. According to a formal announcement, construction on the highway project started in 2021 and nearly 21% work has been completed.

According to Gadkari, 25 lakh metric tonnes of ash produced by thermal power plants and roughly 20 lakh metric tonnes of solid waste generated within the boundaries of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation are being used to prepare the highway’s base.

Before starting the highway inspection work, Gadkari attended “Sparsh Mahotsav,” a Jain Community festival held at GMDC Ground in Ahmedabad.

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