An image of the NH17 section of the Goa-Karnataka highway was shared by the Union Minister of Road, Transport, and Highways Nitin Gadkari. As the project for 4-Laning of Goa-Karnataka Border to Kundapur section of NH-17 in the State of Karnataka is nearing its completion, Gadkari shared a picture of the same in a Twitter post. The highway is stretched at 187 Km and has Arabian Sea Coast on one side and the Western Ghats on the other side, making it one of the most scenic highways currently in India, the highway links the west and south India.
Biting Gadkari shared the progress of the project through his social media account, and stated that presently 173 Km (92.42 % of the total work is completed) and the remaining project will be completed by December 2022, whereas the traffic on the project is open. The strategic highway passes through a variety of terrains with almost 50% of the length passing through rolling terrain (45 km) and mountainous terrain (24 km).
The highway connects major cities and towns along the way, including Panvel, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Panaji, Margao, Karwar, Udupi, Surathkal, Mangalore, Kozhikode, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kanyakumari.
"The project will reduce travel time, prevent accidents, optimize vehicle operating costs and help in fuel savings due to the smoother road and reduce congestion for inter & intra state commuters," said Nitin Gadkari.
Apart from connecting the western and southern parts of the country, they will also reduce travel time, prevent accidents from happening, optimize vehicle operating costs, help in fuel savings due to smoother roads, and reduce stoppage for inter and intra-state commuters, according to Gadkari.
Additionally, the coastal stretch has also contributed to economic development with various opportunities for commercial and industrial establishments. Which also contributes to the creation of various job opportunities for the local population.
Gadkari further added that his department is working actively towards building “world-class infrastructure across every corner of the country”, which helps the country towards “an era of Prosperity Through Connectivity”.