Road infra suffered Rs 1,800 crore loss in Maharashtra floods, says minister

By Express News Service
MUMBAI: The recent floods and heavy rains in parts of Maharashtra have caused an estimated  Rs 1,800-crore damage to roads in the affected districts, PWD Minister Ashok Chavan said on Friday.

Chavan said last week’s torrential rains, floods, and landslides caused Rs 700-crore loss to road infrastructure in the coastal Konkan region alone.

Besides Konkan, vast parts of western Maharashtra were battered by floods and rains.

As per preliminary information, 290 roads were closed for traffic during the rain fury, and movement of vehicles was affected on 469 motorways, the minister said.

As many as 140 bridges were also damaged, he said.

Chavan said he has spoken to Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari about the damage caused to road infrastructure in the state.

“In Konkan religion alone, roads and bridges worth Rs 800 crore have been damaged. Besides, in Pune, Amaravati, Aurangabad, Nasik, and Kolhapur divisions, the damages are over Rs 1,000 crore. So, as per the primary estimate, the total damage is worth Rs 1,800 crore across the state,” Chavan said.

At least 213 people died and thousands were evacuated as incessant rainfall caused flooding and landslides in many parts of Maharashtra.

Raigad, Kolhapur, and Sangli were among the worst-affected districts.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited Kolhapur district to take stock of the damage caused by torrential rains and subsequent floods and review the prevailing situation.