Expressway will connect Surat to NH-8

December 23, 2013

Himansshu Bhatt,TNN |


SURAT: Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) proposes to build an expressway to give a single point entry and exit for vehicles to the upcoming express highway and the National Highway (NH) 8.

The project has been envisaged as the vehicle population in the city, which is 22 lakh at present, is likely to double by 2020. Also, 20,000 vehicles come in and go out of the city daily. All these vehicles pass through the city roads to reach the National Highway from Kamrej to Kadodara.

The project will be undertaken on Build, Operate, Own and Transfer (BOOT) basis. There will be no financial burden either on the SMC or the state government. SMC and Surat Urban Development Authority(SUDA) will have to give only right of way to the contractor who builds the facility. He will collect toll from the passing vehicles to recover the cost of the project.

“We need a link way that facilitates people from all sides to go out and enter the city without any interruption. The express link way can help us on this count,” said Jatin Shah, city engineer, SMC.

This express link way would be linked to roads emerging from Rander, Athwa, Puna, Varachha and the Ring Road.

If materialized, it would be the first of its kind link way in the country. Major Asian cities like Bangkok and Hong Kong have such link roads for entry and exits to the city.

“We are looking at the link road as an extension to the Outer Ring Road,” said Manoj Das, municipal commissioner, Surat.

The road and building department of the state government is studying the feasibility of the project. SMC will make financial provision in its budget for the year 2014-15 only to initiate the process, sources said.

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