Mumbai-Goa Highway: Completion Status, Timeline, Travel Time Reduction & More; All You Need To Know

by Mallika Khurana
Mumbai-Goa Highway: Completion Status, Timeline, Travel Time Reduction & More; All You Need To Know

The Mumbai Goa Highway, also known as NH 66, has reached its final stage after a long way of development that continued for 10 years. The Central Government recently declared that the currently underway development of the highway, which actually started in 2011, is anticipated to be completed with its first lane by May 2023.

After being interrupted by several issues in the past, it is reaching closer to its finish line. The project will improve commuters’ safety by decreasing injuries and increasing tourism in India’s western coastal towns and regions, in addition to cutting the travel time between the two cities to six hours.

Mumbai-Goa Highway Is Soon To Be Functional

Mumbai-Goa highway
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With 67 per cent of the route already completed, work on four places, namely, Parshuram Ghat-Adavali, Indapur-Vadpale,  Adavali-Sangameshwar, and Sangameshwar to Lanja, is still under progress. The construction of this highway was long and with many hurdles.

The Highway’s Effect On Commute Time

Currently, it takes around 13 hours to travel from Mumbai to Goa. The journey will take only five to six hours once the Mumbai-Goa Highway project is finished.

The time it takes to get from Delhi to Goa should decrease with the construction of this new highway and the Delhi-Mumbai motorway.

It is anticipated that the travel time between Delhi and Goa will be reduced by 15 hours once the two projects are finished.  A journey that currently takes 35 hours could be completed in 20 hours.

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The Connectivity Of The Highway

The Goa-Mumbai Highway, which starts in Panvel and runs via Mangaon, Pen, Khed, Poladpur, Ratnagiri, Lanja, Sangameshwar, Rajapur, Kudal, Mahad, Sawantwadi, Kankavli, Panaji, Chiplun, Canacona, and Margao, would connect the key cities and towns along the country’s western coast.

The highway continues to the coastal regions of South India and connects important States like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kanyakumari at last.

Estimated Date Of Completion

Eleven phases make up the building of the Mumbai–Goa Highway. Earlier in May 2022, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, asserted that the project would be completed within a year. The newly announced date of completion is May 2023.

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