MUMBAI: While the widening of the Mumbai-Goa Highway has been delayed due to a technical tangle, the State’s Public Works Department, on Thursday, announced that motorists travelling to Konkan region via the Mumbai-Pune highway during the upcoming Ganesh festival will be exempted from paying toll from September 10 to 23.
Eknath Shinde, Minister for Public Works Department, said that the decision was taken to facilitate the travel of thousands of people, who go to their hometowns in Konkan during the festival through the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Motorists had to use the expressway to travel to Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts, as the road is in a pathetic state.
“Motorists will have to go to their nearest RTO or office of traffic police to get a pass. They will have to give their details such as residential address, address of the place they are visiting in Konkan, vehicle’s registration number, mobile number for this pass,” said Shinde.
The motorist will be allowed to travel through the expressway without paying a toll on September 10 to 13 for going to Konkan. The same pass can be used while returning on the same route and it will be valid till September, 23.
National Highway-4 and the Expressway are the two roads motorists will take to reach Konkan region.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had awarded a contract of widening the highway to Supreme Infrastructure. The widening was delayed as land acquisition has not been done yet, meanwhile, the project cost of the widening of the road has been escalated and Supreme Infrastructure is not ready to work at the original tender cost.
Now, the subcontract of the widening of the road has been given to JM Mhatre infrastructure and according to the work estimate, the road will be completed in one year. The condition of the road will be good during the next Ganapati festival.