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Mumbai-Nagpur expressway to become operational by May 2022

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on October 08, 2020

The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd (MSRDC) will make the 701-km Maharashtra Samruddhi super expressway fully operational by May 2022, said Radheshyam Mopalwar, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the company on Thursday.

The total project cost of the Mumbai-Nagpur super expressway, which will connect 10 districts of Maharashtra is ₹55,000 crore.

In online interaction with media persons, Mopalwar said that the 500-km leg of the project from Nagpur to Shirdi road is almost complete and would be open for traffic from May 2021, and by December 2021, the road up to Igatpuri in Nashik district will be completed.

He is said that out of the total project cost of ₹55,000 crore, the engineering and construction cost is ₹40,000 crore, while ₹7,000 crore have been spent on land acquisition. Along the superhighway, 19 townships with one lakh population have been planned. Initial project work on six townships has commenced. It will take about 20 years to fully develop the townships.

The vehicles on the expressway can be driven at speeds up to 150 kmph. All along the road there will EV charging stations. The expressway is named as Hindu Hrudaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg.

The 8-lane expressway will shorten Nagpur and Mumbai travel to eight hours from 18 hours now. It will connect several industrial areas, the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, dry ports of Wardha and Jalna and Mumbai’s JNPT.

Provision has been made in the middle of the expressway for adding more lanes and land acquisition will not be required.

It will have over 50 flyovers, 24 interchanges, at least five tunnels, 400 vehicular and 300 pedestrian underpasses.

On the issue of bidding out its land parcels in prime areas of Mumbai and along the Mumbai-Pune expressway owned by MSRDC, Mopalwar said that that RFP documents for the parcels is almost ready, which is expected to fetch ₹15,000 crore.

Published on October 08, 2020

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