Creating diverse employment opportunities for people along the corridor region, Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg intends to provide an impetus to socio-economic development by attracting domestic and foreign investments. The project includes a super communication expressway which will connect Mumbai to Nagpur in just eight hours.
At present, it takes somewhere between 14 to 15 hours to travel from Mumbai to Nagpur, which is at a distance of over 800 km. Called the Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg, a super communication expressway is expected to be ready by the end of next year, which will truncate this distance to 700 km and the travel time by almost 50 percent. This means that the commuters will soon be able to travel from Mumbai to Nagpur in just eight hours! Not only this, but the expressway will also connect ten districts in Maharashtra including Thane, Nashik, Ahmadnagar, Aurangabad, Jalna, Buldhana, Washim, Amravati, Wardha, and Nagpur.
The land acquisition process for the project is almost complete and the development work has already begun along several stretches. The total cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs 55,000 crore.
Maharashtra Samrudhi Mahamarg will include:
- Mumbai-Nagpur super communication expressway, linking JNPT in Mumbai and Mihan in Nagpur
- Feeder network, linking 14 neighbouring districts to the expressway, and
- Over 20 new towns (Krushi Samruddhi Kendra), equipped with all modern amenities, agro-based industries, and commercial hubs.
Facts about Mumbai-Nagpur super communication expressway
- The super communication expressway is a 700 km-long, eight-lane expressway, running through 10 districts, 26 tehsils, and over 390 villages. It also has direct connectivity to JNPT- nation’s largest container port.
- Aimed at facilitating the movement of passengers and goods, the expressway also intends to enhance the Export-Import trade of the State.
- Comprising over 50 flyovers, over 24 interchanges, more than five tunnels, over 400 vehicular and 300 pedestrian underpasses, the expressway will provide last mile connectivity without disrupting the traffic flow.
- Connecting several industrial clusters such as Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC), and the dry ports of Wardha and Jalna, Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg will further reduce the travel time between Mumbai-Aurangabad and Aurangabad-Nagpur to four hours each.
- Extensive landscaping, tunnel lighting, digital signage, and bridge beautification will all be an indispensable part of the expressway.
- Fly ash, plastic and locally available materials are being used for the construction of the expressway, which will also have CCTV surveillance and free telephone booths at every 5 km to ease emergency reporting.
- The communication expressway will also facilitate landing of aircraft or fighter jets during fatal situations.
- Having a width of 120 m, the expressway will be built as per the international standards. It will be a zero-fatality Mahamarg, having service roads on both sides that will further connect through various underpasses.
- The utility Mahamarg along the proposed expressway will have OFC cables, gas pipelines, and electricity lines among other facilities.
- The entry and exit at the expressway will be managed via automated toll collection.
Benefits of Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg project:
- The expressway along with its feeder network will not only boost economic activity across the State, but will also ease traffic congestion, and promote overall tourism. It will also link several agro and industrial nodes of the State to prominent consumer markets of Nagpur and Mumbai.
- Krushi Samruddhi Kendra and agro-based industry will be set up around the Mahamarg, providing employment to more than 20,000 people.
- Development of Krushi Samrudhhi Kendra will further benefit the landowners who voluntarily will give their consent for land pooling. This will not only provide a thrust to agriculture-related businesses but will also help improve the realty market along the corridor.
- The Mumbai-Nagpur corridor might also witness the development of townships in Wardha and Buldhana districts, which will majorly be developed as agricultural hubs.
Attempting to unlock the growth potential of the State, Samruddhi Mahamarg is one of the biggest infrastructure projects of the State. Also known as the Prosperity Corridor, the project is likely to be completed by the end of 2020.
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