The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure today approved the implementation of the project of four laning of 83.85 Km long Godhara-Gujarat/Madhya Pradesh border section on National Highways NH-59 from 129.30 Km. to 215.90 Km. in the State of Gujarat under NHDP Phase III on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) Basis.
The total project cost is estimated at Rs. 717 crore under the DBFOT pattern. The concession period is for 27 years including a construction period of 30 months. Besides, the Government would also meet the expenditure amounting to Rs.112.14 crore for land acquisition and other pre-construction activities for the project.
The main object of the project is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in the State. The project is one of the stretches approved by the Government under the NHDP Phase III. The project road runs between Godhara to state border of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, which will facilitate in reducing the time and cost of travel and provide improved inter-state connectivity between Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
The Cabinet gave approval for four/six laning of 4000 Km of National Highways under NHDP Phase IIIA on BOT basis in its meeting held in March, 2005. Subsequently, Government approved additional stretches in May, 2006; Oct., 2006 and April, 2007, for implementation of four laning. The total tentative length of 12109 Km is to be done at an estimated cost of Rs.80,626 crores. The stretch under consideration is one of the approved stretches.
The major impact of the project lies in reducing the time and cost of travel of the traffic plying on the inter-state corridor connecting state capital of Gujarat and Indore in Madhya Pradesh. It will also increase the potential of employment opportunities to the local labourers for the project activities.