Sharing stunning images of NH-17 section of Goa-Karnataka highway, Union Minister of Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has said over 90% of the work of 187 km 4-laning project has been completed.
The highway connects major cities and towns along the way, including Panvel, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Panaji, Margao, Karwar, Udupi, Surathkal, Mangalore, Kozhikode, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kanyakumari.
Sharing an update, Gadkari stated that presently 173 km (92.42 % of the total work is completed) and while traffic is open on the project, the remaining project will be completed by December 2022.
"The project will reduce travel time, prevent accidents, optimize vehicle operating costs and help in fuel savings due to smoother road and reduce congestion for inter & intra state commuters," he said.
The 187 km stretch of this highway has Arabian Sea coast on one side and Western Ghats on the other side, making it one of the most picturesque highways in India with magnificent scenic view.
This project is an important coastal highway link between west and south India.
The strategic highway passes through a variety of terrains with almost 50% of the length passing through rolling terrain (45 km) and mountainous terrain (24 km).