Pune: The deadline for converting Dehu Road to Satara Highway into six lanes is going to end in February, which was announced by Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. At present, work for Nasarpur, Dhangwadi and Velu is still going on at 8-10 locations.
With the mention of ‘Black spot’ of Dehu Road-Satara highway, Gadkari had given an assurance that the work will be completed within six months, when he was in Pune in September 2016.
The 140-km long highway is being converted into a six-lane highway. The work started in October 2010. Currently, the construction of two flyovers, five subways for vehicles, and six subways for pedestrians are still pending. Gadkari has given the deadline for this work till the end of February 2018. However, Reliance Infra had asked for an extension till March 31, 2018.
The work carried out at Nasarpur flyover, Dhangwadi and Velu are going at a very slow pace. National Highway Authority of India officials claim that building flyovers, roads and underpass have picked up speed.
“Work of Kaamthadi, Sasewadi, Sarole, Kelwade, Kikvi are Varve is expected to be complete in a few months. The work contract has been given to Reliance Infra. The work of the bridge at Warje is in full swing. This work cannot be completed in two to three months,” said a highly placed officer.
PENDING WORK AT PLACES ON HIGHWAY