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Need coastal road connecting Maha, Goa, Gujarat: Shinde

Aug 29, 2023 12:42 AM IST

Speaking at the 26th Western Zonal Council meeting chaired by Union home minister Amit Shah at Gandhinagar in Gujarat on Monday, Shinde said that a coastal highway must be built connecting Revas in Raigad, Reddi in Ratnagiri, Goa and Gujarat for the development of tourism in these three states.

Mumbai: Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde wants the coastal road being built in Maharashtra to be extended to connect the state with Goa and Gujarat.

Mumbai, Aug 11 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde at the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2023 registration launch event, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (Ashish Vaishnav)
Mumbai, Aug 11 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde at the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2023 registration launch event, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (Ashish Vaishnav)

Speaking at the 26th Western Zonal Council meeting chaired by Union home minister Amit Shah at Gandhinagar in Gujarat on Monday, Shinde said that a coastal highway must be built connecting Revas in Raigad, Reddi in Ratnagiri, Goa and Gujarat for the development of tourism in these three states.

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Shinde also asked for central assistance to push the river-linking and Marathwada grid projects to ease water scarcity in central Maharashtra. He has also asked for more onion procurement centres in the state in the backdrop of the fallen prices of onion because of the 40% export duty on it.

“The extension of the coastal road, which is being designed by Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation in the three coastal districts, will be a major boost to tourism in the three coastal states. It will also benefit in maintaining coastal security in these states,” he said.

Shinde was accompanied by Devendra Fadnavis, deputy chief minister, and officers from the various departments. The meeting was also attended by the chief ministers of Gujarat and Goa and administrators from Dadra, Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. The 498-km coastal highway is expected to cost 9,500 crore.

“The CM also requested the central government for a financial assistance for the diversion of water from the Koyna hydro power project to Marathwada,” said a statement issued by the CMO quoting Shinde.

“The CM apprised the conference that 2,444 gram panchayats in the state have been connected by Bharatnet and 12,513 gram panchayats have inked memorandum of understanding with the BSNL for fibre connection to home. He informed the conference that 34 more schemes were being added to the direct benefit transfer,” the statement says.

About crime against women in the state, the statement quoted Shinde as saying, “We have taken the atrocities against women, including sexual harassment, very seriously and investigations have been fast tracked. The rate of the investigating tracking system has improved significantly, and the conviction rate remains at 46%

“We have established 138 special fast track courts for the speedy trial of the cases of rape and the ones registered under the POCSO Act.”

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