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NEW DELHI: Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari on Friday inaugurated and laid foundation for two national highways projects worth 1,791.46 crore in Dhule, Maharashtra.

Gadkari said the projects will boost economic development of Dhule and Nandurbar districts and provide new employment opportunities in the region.

Planned under Bharatmala scheme, these projects will provide modern and high quality roads to Dhule-Nandurbar districts and will strengthen the connectivity of Maharashtra with Gujarat, Karnataka and other states. This will help in reducing the traffic congestion in Dhule and Chalisgaon, the minister added.

The projects, once completed, will also make it easier for people  to reach the tourist attractions like Brass Caves and Gautala Sanctuary, the world famous Ajanta Caves and Daulatabad Fort as well as Chalisgaon Railway Station will be easily accessible.

He said it will be easy to reach religious places in Dhule as well as Aurangabad district. He said the Shewali-Nandurbar road project will be useful for the development of tribal areas in the region.

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