Rs 66-crore to be invested to make Nashik roads better
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has approved Rs 66 crore for decongesting various chowks and roads under its jurisdiction in the city.
The decongestion of the chowks, especially Dwarka, would be a major relief for commuters. Motorists face an agonising wait at these chowks due to traffic snarls, especially during peak hours.
Confirming the development, Prashant Khodaskar, the project director of NHAI (Nashik division), told TOI on Wednesday that the work on the project will begin as soon as the civic body removes encroachments, including a temple, along the Dwarka chowk.
“The contract for various road safety works has been given at a cost of Rs 66 crore and it will include shifting of the temple for a free left for motorists coming from the Nashik Road and moving towards the Mumbai side,” Khodaskar said.
“Unless these encroachments are removed by the civic body, it would not be possible for NHAI to start the work,” he added.
Some of the important tasks under this project include construction of a subway opposite Panchavati College, freeing up the space on the left side at Dwarka from Nashik Road by relocating the Hanuman temple there, repairs near Indiranagar underpass, Kamodnagar subway, U-turn at Lekhanagar, subway near SBI Chowk, entry point on highway for moving towards Dhule and ingress point near Hotel Seven Heaven.
NHAI sources said that once these works are completed, commuting will be smoother on the busy Mumbai-Agra highway which passes through the city.
“There is a need to shift the Hanuman temple at Dwarka junction and clear all the encroachments on the land of Nashik Municipal Corporation so that motorists coming from the Nashik Road side can get a free access to move towards the Mumbai side,” NHAI sources stressed.