Mumbai, July 12: Development of four laning of Solapur-Bijapur section for new National Highway (NH)-52 (formerly NH-13) between Maharashtra and Karnataka got an approval by Cabinet today. The development of 4 laning of about 110 km is estimated to cost approximately Rs 1889 Crore including the cost of land acquisition and pre-construction activities.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs is chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Now, the existing road is two-lane and passes through congested towns of Solapur, Takli and Nandani in Maharashtra besides Zalki, Horti and Bijapur in Karnataka. Connecting with Southern India with Northern India, its development will serve as an alternative route to North-South Corridor of the National Highways Development Programme.
Including bypasses at Solapur and Bijapur, the development to four- lane of this road with the construction of six flyovers would greatly reduce travel time and Vehicle Operating Costs. This will also help in expediting the improvement of infrastructure in Maharashtra and Karnataka states.
These roads are the part of the high-density traffic corridor Banglore-Chitradurga-Bijapur-Solapur-Aurangabad-Dhule-Indore-Gwalior. Keeping in view the expected traffic growth in the near future, the expansion to four Lanes is a very timely step taken by the Government of India.
This Project will give a boost to improving infrastructure and employment potential for local labourers from both states.