A new 88-kilometer highway has been proposed from Aurangabad to the temple city of Shirdi in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra Minister Subhash Desai said on Friday.

Speaking to reporters after chairing a review meeting in Aurangabad, the minister also said that the section of the Dhule-Solapur highway that passes through the Aurangabad district will be completed in August this year.

“The district administration here has proposed a separate road between Aurangabad and Shirdi. This will be 88 kilometers long and we expect the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation to build it.”

Additionally, work orders for the Aurangabad-Paithan highway will be issued in October. The completion of the Nagpur-Mubai Samruddhi corridor may take a few more months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “he said.

The minister said that the city of Aurangabad would receive 50 MLD of additional water per day from March next year due to the completion of a new pipeline project, while the land to install 45 water storage tanks was also completed.

Speaking about the pandemic, the minister said 6.27 lakh out of a target of 32.87 lakh people in Aurangabad had been vaccinated, with plans in place to start a full-scale campaign after June 21.

The minister said that 57 auditors appointed by the state government had ensured that a cumulative sum of Rs 65 lakhs collected extra from COVID-19 patients by 15 hospitals was returned.