The Government of Gujarat will build the first Express highway in the state entirely on its own between Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar via Sarkhej, Pipali, Dholera.
Speaking in the assembly, state minister Anandiben Patel said the proposed highway would connect Dholera Special Investment Region where international airport is planned at Fedra.
Patel said the 48-km long road connecting Bharuch and Dahej would be converted into six lane.
“With the help of the World Bank, the state of Gujarat completed works of 1856 km long state roads between 2002 and 2007 spending Rs 1800 crore.The world bank in its Implementation Completion report has rated the works in Gujarat as satisfactory. This has paved a way for new scheme of Rs 2100 crore that the state has proposed to the World Bank for approval. MOU between World Bank and Gujarat are aspected in near future in this regard,” the minister added.
Minister Patel also briefed the house about state’s plan to build Panchamrut Bhavan opposite the assembly complex. Rs 55 crore are proposed for this building in year 2010-11 budget. A central Vista will be developed in Gandhinagar between Gh-4 and Railway station.
-Work to broaden the 110 km-long Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar road via Dholera special investment region (SIR) to 10 metres will be completed this year(2010-11).
-This will be followed by turning this same highway into an expressway two years later at the cost of Rs 2,200 crore. Land acquisition and mapping for this express way will start in 2010-11. The road will cover proposed international airport at Fedra. The express way will be completed by 2013.
-Every district headquarters will be ‘joined with adjoining district headquarters by at least one 10 metre- wide road’ at a cost of Rs 100 crore.
-State highways passing through taluka headquarters will be four-laned, complete with footpaths, streetlights and drainage.
-In 2010-11, the state government proposes to start six-laning of 185 km roads at the cost of Rs 1,584 crore and four-laning of 646 km roads at Rs 5,410 crore. The government also plans to widen 1,143 km-long roads to 10 metres at the cost of Rs 1,294 Crore.
-Projects, include completing 15 roads in two years for connecting ports like Dahej, Navlakhi, Okha, Naliya, Jakhau, Mundra, Sutrapada, Rajula, Jafrabad and Mundra for Rs 559 crore. Industrial estates are proposed to be connected by strengthening 11 different roads at the cost of Rs 411 crore.