Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari, recently shared updates on the 4-lining of the Sinnar-Shirdi section of NH-160 in Maharashtra as part of the Bharatmala Pariyojna. Shri Nitin Gadkari emphasized the social significance of this project, stating that it will provide a dedicated route or ‘Marg’ for Sai Baba devotees who undertake the pilgrimage to Shirdi on foot. Additionally, he highlighted the economic benefits that the project is expected to bring, fostering rapid development in the surrounding areas.
One of the primary objectives of this initiative is to reduce travel time between Shirdi and Nashik/Trimbakeshwar, which are two major religious towns in Maharashtra. Shri Gadkari also emphasized the project’s commitment to sustainability, incorporating various techniques to minimize the carbon footprint and alleviate traffic congestion.
Noteworthy practices employed in this project include the utilization of plastic waste in the construction of service roads, the application of Cement Treated Base (CTB) and Cement Treated Sub Base (CTSB), and the use of ‘RAP’ (Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement) for the road’s surface. These measures contribute to reducing the environmental impact and promoting sustainable infrastructure development.
Shri Gadkari further expressed his dedication to creating an efficient and eco-friendly mobility network, along with the holistic development of the region, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.