Mumbai-Goa highway road widening work can get over by March 2022, says NHAI

The National Highway Authority (NHAI) said to the court that the work could get over before the deadline if SBI could provide funds at the earliest

Mumbai-Goa highway road widening work can get over by March 2022, says NHAI

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) said that the road widening work of the Mumbai-Goa highway can be completed by March 2022, assuring The Bombay High Court.

However, NHAI says that it can be done well before the deadline if an additional of Rs. 200 crores is provided by the State Bank of India (SBI) for the project.

The deadline for the completion of the highway is December 2022.

Reportedly, the affidavit has stated that the highway was usable before the monsoon, but due to heavy rains, potholes, traffic, etc., the road was being repaired with an immediate effect.

NHAI project director Prashant Fegade filed an affidavit before the division bench comprising chief justice Dipankar Datta and justice Girish Kulkarni, which responded to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by advocate Owais Pechkar.

It was abiding with HC's July directions that had asked them to update the project's status, said the affidavit.

Besides replying to Pechkar's petition, the affidavit also responded to this plea seeking to fix and repairing of potholes of National Highway-66 since it is prone to accidents.

As per reports, the petition of Pechkar had stated that in the last ten years, 2,442 people have died due to accidents that took place because of potholes and road-widening work.

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