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PM to inaugurate work on Solapur-Aurangabad highway

Aug 10, 2014, 06.00AM IST TNN[ Ranjana Diggikar ]

AURANGABAD: Prime minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the four-lane project of the Aurangabad-Solapur national highway on August 16 at Solapur, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari announced to a delegation of MPs from the Marathwada and Chamber of Marathwada and Agriculture (CMIA) on Thursday in New Delhi.

The delegation was visiting New Delhi to meet Gadkari to press for the issue of establishing an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Aurangabad.

The Rs 3,200-crore highway project by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will expedite improvement of infrastructure in Maharashtra. The 290-km road will reduce the time and cost of travel between Aurangabad and Solapur.

The project has been awarded to IRB Infrastructure Development Ltd. The work has been divided into three phases. Work on 100 km of the highway between Solapur and Yedshi has already been completed in the first phase, while in the second phase, work on Yedshi to Aurangabad (190km) has been initiated. The third phase includes the 160-km stretch between Aurangabad and Dhule.

According to official sources, NHAI is implementing the National Highway Development Plan (NHDP) projects covering a length of 453 km passing through Aurangabad. This project is crucial for the development of the region. This stretch is a link between NH-3 and NH-4 in Maharashtra and shall be giving feeder traffic to the Yedeshi-Solapur meeting of the Golden Quadrilateral on NH-4 at Solapur city."

The land acquisition process of 825 hectares for the highway, from Aurangabad to Yedshi in Osmanabad is reported to be complete and the environmental clearance has also been obtained by NHAI, said officials.

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