National Highway 204 (India)(old numbering)
|National Highway 204|
|Length:||932 km (579 mi)|
|States:||Maharashtra: 974 km|
|Ratnagiri - Pali - Shahuwadi - Panhala - Kolhapur - Sangli - Sangola - Solapur - Tuljapur - Latur - Nanded - Yavatmal - Wardha - Nagpur|
National Highway 204 (NH 204), is a National Highway in India that runs entirely within the state of Maharashtra. Its western terminal is in Ratnagiri near the intersection of NH 17 and the eastern terminal is in Butibori near Nagpur at the intersection of NH 7. The total length of the highway NH 204 is 974 km.
The highway passes through the Western Ghats (Sahyadri mountains) and is an important arterial road connecting the Konkan region with Western Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidharbha regions in the state of Maharashtra.
Till 2009, NH 204 was 126 km long highway which connected only from Ratnagiri to Kolhapur.
In 2009, NHAI has announced the extension of existing NH 204 to Nagpur via Kolhapur-Sangli- Solapur-Tuljapur-Latur-Nanded-Yavatmal-Wardha and connect it to the NH 7 at Butibori near Nagpur. The entire NH 204 highway has been included in the national highway mega projects for upgradation to 4-lane. Out of this, the work for 4 lanning of Kolhapur-Sangli stretch of 44.7 km has been initiated by Maharashtra government at a cost of INR 145 crores (INR 1.45 Billion).
The most important cities on this highway are: Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Sangli, Solapur, Latur, Nanded, Yavatmal, Wardha and Nagpur.