Beginning in October, work will enlarge the Satara-Kagal section of the highway: Mahadik

MPs from Kolhapur, Sangli, and Satara protested over the delay in converting the NH-48 into six lanes . The work was started at Karad by Gadkari about nine months ago .

Kolhapur : Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told Parliamentarians from Maharashtra that the Satara to Kagal stretch of the Pune-Bengaluru national highway 48 was scheduled to begin around Diwali in October.Mahadik was part of a meeting called by Gadkari with all Maharashtra MPs to address the state's planned highway development.The MPs from Kolhapur, Sangli, and Satara protested over the delay in converting the NH-48 into six lanes.The work was started at Karad by Gadkari about nine months ago.

The bidding process has involved 12 bidders, he said.He told us that the work would begin around Diwali.According to Mahadik, the work was delayed due to the finalisation of the scheme, as many representatives had suggested changes to keep the traffic flow along the route smooth, said Mahadik.Mahadik also said that his idea of constructing a basket bridge at the city's entrance was accepted and included in the work.

It would also enhance the city's overall look, he said.The proposed development also includes raising the existing bridges on the pillars and building culverts at various points for easy access to the water of the flood rivers.The project will be implemented in the build-operate-transfer mode.To recover the money made, the corporation will have the right to collect the toll tax.