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Thackeray-Gadkari's decision to complete pending roads in Maharashtra on time

Mumbai, dt. 11- National and state highway projects in the state are to be completed on time. For this, the work of these projects will be regularly reviewed by the Ministry. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray directed the Secretary to take a decision on the pending projects due to land acquisition and forest department.
A meeting was held at Sahyadri Guest House under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and in the presence of Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari to review the road projects in the state. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Public Works Minister Ashok Chavan, Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil, Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, Transport Minister Adv. Anil Parab, Minister of Public Works (Public Enterprises) Eknath Shinde, Minister of State for Public Works Dattatraya Bharane, Minister of State for Public Works (Public Enterprises) Sanjay Bansode, MP Sunil Tatkare, MP Vinayak Raut along with Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, Additional Chief Secretary of Public Works Manoj Sounik , Senior officials of Public Works Department, National Highways Development Authority and Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation were present. It was decided to complete the pending works on time.
On this occasion, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the National Highways Public Works Department, National Highways Development Authority and Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation are the three agencies working in the state. Projects of National and State Highways which are currently underway in the State. At the ministry level, the Chief Secretary will regularly review these projects to give them momentum. After that, he and the Deputy Chief Minister will review these projects every month, said Chief Minister Thackeray. He also instructed the senior officers present on the occasion to take immediate decision on the pending matters related to road projects to the state government.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also directed to appoint retired IAS officers to solve issues related to land acquisition and forest department for highway works at divisional level including Marathwada, Vidarbha as well as Konkan, Western Maharashtra and Khandesh. Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway, Ahmednagar Bypass, Ratnagiri-Kolhapur, Kolhapur-Kagal, Sangli-Solapur, Surat-Nashik-Ahmednagar, Ahmednagar-Solapur-Akkalkot, Pune-Ahmednagar-Aurangabad Greenfield Expressway, Nanded-Jalna-Ahmednagar-Pune The current status of various highways and ring roads was also discussed.
The work of Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi Marg and Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi Marg will not linger. For this, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar gave instructions to complete the pending matters at the state government level.
Public Works Minister Ashok Chavan gave suggestions on the condition of highways in Marathwada, while Minister Eknath Shinde demanded repair of Sironcha-Alapalli highway in Gadchiroli. Presentations were made showing the current status and progress of various highway projects. In view of the condition of the roads in the Konkan due to heavy rains on the Mumbai-Goa highway, a demand was made to make these roads of cement concrete, which was welcomed by Union Minister Gadkari.