Considering that Chakan might get an international airport in the future, officials of the Public Works Department recently sent a proposal worth Rs 1,125 crore to the state to widen the Chakan-Talegaon Road, which also consist National Highway 4, from the current two lane to six lanes.
In addition, the Indori-Talegaon old road would be widened from the current two to four lanes, service roads, under passes and bridges on Sudha and Indrayani rivers in Talegaon would also be built constructed under this project.
“The proposal was sent to the state a week ago and the entire road widening project would initiate be on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis,” PWD Superintendent Engineer (Pune division) D G Malekar said. He added that the decision to widen roads a usually taken once the traffic exceeds the limit of 30,000 Passenger Car Unit (PCU).
“Both the roads have crossed 20,000 PCU and if an international airport is built in Chakan, traffic snarls will get out of control. Since we didn’t want to wait for the traffic to cross the limit, the proposal was sent immediately,” Malekar said.
Similarly, road-widening proposal for the Chafula-Navra-Shikarapur (on Pune-Ahmednagar Road) was sent to the state and the details of the project are being finalised. A similar proposal to widen the Shikrapur-Chakan Road awaits state approval.
Notwithstanding whether the international airport is built or not, what makes widening of the Chakan-Talegaon and Indori-Talegoan Road inevitable is the growth of industries in Chakan and Talegaon. Besides, the newly developed residential areas on the Nashik phata-Chakan stretch and industrial development in Rajgurunagar and Chakan are some of the reasons considered by the PWD authorities for proposing the road-widening project.
“Along with the proposal for the international airport, the International Exhibition Centre in Moshi on Nashil Road made it a must to widen the road,” Director-General of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture Anant Sardeshmukh said.
Funds worth Rs 8.72 crore were sanctioned for building new guesthouse in Khandala. The new structure would be built on a sprawling 1.5-acre estate by bringing down the old one. The new guesthouse will have four VIP and fourteen ordinary suites. PWD officials said construction work would commence by October.