In near future, you will be able to drive from Ahmedabad to Shri Somnath end to end on four lane road. Presently four lane road is available only upto Jetpur after Rajkot. And Jetpur-Junagadh-Somnath road is what we can call previous generation road.
But there is some good news. The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) today approved the implementation of the project of four laning of 123.45 Km. long Jetpur-Somnath section of NH-8D in the State of Gujarat under NHDP Phase III on Design, Build, Finance, Operate & Transfer (DBFOT)/BOT(Toll) basis.
The total project cost is estimated at Rs.828 crore. The concession period is 30 years including a construction period of 30 months. .
In March 2005, the Cabinet gave approval for four/six laning of 4000 km. of National Highways under NHDP Phase IIIA on BOT basis. Subsequently, approval for additional stretches for implementation of four laning was granted in May 2006, October 2006 and April 2007. Total tentative length of 12109 km is to be done at an estimated cost of Rs.80,626 crores. The aforesaid stretch is a part of the approved stretches. .
The implementation of the project will reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic plying between Jetpur and Somnath, connecting two major cities of Gujarat. It will also increase the potential of employment to local labourers for the project activities.