With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development criteria in mind, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari wants to build an underground tunnel road to connect commercial hubs Mumbai and Surat.
Talking at a silver jubilee function of the Indian Institute of Bridge Engineers in Navi Mumbai on Friday, Gadkari said the tunnel would be designed as a ring route so that connectivity becomes easier and faster. He added that the project was likely to cost Rs. 90,000 crore, for which a consultant will start working soon.
“I wanted to build an expressway between Mumbai and Surat when I was Public Works Department minister in the state, but it didn’t happen. Now, I want to explore the idea of building a tunnel to join the two cities by an underground expressway,” the minister said.
Gadkari said the department could save Rs. 30,000 crore if the factory for making (pre-cast and other) material for the project is set up in Alibaug and the material is transported by sea to the construction sites.
Earlier, Gadkari had announced three satellite dry ports — Surat in Gujarat and Wardha and Aurangabad in Maharashtra, in which the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) will invest. The project is expected to reduce congestion at ports. More info