Gujarat Government Sanctions Over Rs 2213 Crore for Massive Road Development Project
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel Approves Investment in 94 Roads Spanning 919 km Across the State for Improved Infrastructure
Gujarat's Chief Minister, Bhupendra Patel, has approved a whopping Rs 2213.60 crore ($296.16 million) investment to bolster the state's road infrastructure. This project will revamp 94 roads, covering an impressive 919 km, spanning from rural hamlets to bustling metropolitan cities. This move is an integral part of the state's plan to keep pace with the accelerating demands of its growing agricultural, commercial, and industrial sectors.
In response to the increased vehicular traffic across the state, Patel has embraced an innovative approach. The announced development includes a diverse set of projects, such as road widening, strengthening, and the construction of culverts and bypasses on state highways. These roads link vital areas such as ports, industrial centers, metros, and popular tourist spots.
Under the recently announced Parikrama Path scheme, Patel has approved works worth Rs 467.09 crore for expanding 37 roads across 17 districts. This will result in 289.32 km of roads being widened to 10 meters, enhancing accessibility and connectivity.
In a bid to build a world-class infrastructure, the Chief Minister has set aside Rs 247.35 crore for the enhancement of eight roads, totaling 117.71 km, that connect key metro cities such as Surat, Rajkot, and Gandhinagar. A further Rs 66 crore has been allocated to upgrade 16.40 km of three state highways using advanced white-topping technology for improved durability.
To facilitate industrial growth, Rs 146.81 crore has been sanctioned for the widening of 10 roads leading to industrial zones like Mundra, Dahej Port, and Savli. Another Rs 105.28 crore has been allocated for expanding 10 roads that link to key tourist circuits, including Vadnagar, Pavagadh, and Dharoi-Ambaji.
The Gujarat government has also earmarked Rs 445.25 crore for the four-laning of three major roads that pass through Surendranagar, Amreli, and Kheda districts under the Pragati Path Yojana.
To tackle traffic congestion, the state is planning extensive expansion of its road network, including new bridges, flyovers, and bypass roads. Funding has been sanctioned for the construction of a high-speed corridor along the Mehsana-Palanpur route, city bypass roads, and the strengthening and widening of existing roads.
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel reaffirmed his commitment to improving the state's road infrastructure by allocating a massive Rs 20,642 crore in this year's budget for the road construction department. This investment is expected to expedite the development of the state's road network, connecting all villages and other crucial areas with well-planned rural roads and highways.