Gadkari to lay foundation stone for new Zuari bridge on Dec 14

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for the much-awaited Rs 3,300-crore new Zuari bridge on December 14.
Gadkari will be arriving in the state on December 13 when he is expected to share details about other major infrastructural works planned by his ministry for Goa, including those to be taken up under the Sagarmala project. The Union ministry of road transport and highways has already called for bids from contractors for construction of the new Zuari bridge (phase II of the project) at a total cost of Rs 889 core, including the approach road to the new 1.084-km long bridge.
Minister for Public Works Department Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar, who called on Gadkari in New Delhi on Wednesday, along with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar held detailed discussions about the state infrastructural works during the meeting.
Later, Dhavalikar told ‘The Navhind Times’ that he discussed development of the state roads under the Sagarmala project, which will boost the Goan tourism a great deal.
“Augmentation of roads that connect beaches, touristic locations and religious sites, particularly in the hinterland including those in Ponda and Dharbandora talukas and Rivona village, would be taken up under this national project,” he added, stating that Gadkari would reveal the details about the same during his visit to Goa, later this month.
The PWD Minister further stated that a proposal, which includes four-laning of NH-4 at an estimated cost of Rs 1,250 crore, was discussed with the Union minister.
“I also discussed the central road funds for Goa with Gadkari during the meeting,” he added.
An amount of Rs 80 crore had been sanctioned by the Union ministry of road transport and highways under the CRF for upgradation of internal roads connecting the national highway, state highway and district roads.
It was also informed that the meeting had discussion about the flyovers as well as land acquisition for connecting roads to the new Zuari bridge.