The 701 KM long Samruddhi Expressway between Mumbai and Nagpur is touted as India’s ‘fastest’ expressway. The Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway is being constructed at the cost of INR 5500 crore. The Expressway is designed for a top speed of 150 km. However, everything comes with a price. To experience the thrill on the fastest expressway in India, you have to spend INR 1100 on a one-way trip for lightweight vehicles (LWV).
The Samruddhi Mumbai-Nagpur expressway begins in Shivmadka village, Hingana tehsil, which is around 23 kilometers from Nagpur. According to Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), joint managing director Anil Kumar Gaikwad,
“Toll will be as per guidelines issued by the central government in 2008. Light vehicles will be charged Rs1.65 per km. The toll will be for the exact km used on the expressway. The toll for heavy vehicles will be thrice the rate for light vehicles.” He also said, “Financial progress of the project is at 64%, while physical progress is 79% on the Nagpur-Shirdi stretch and 70% for the entire project. Deadline is 36 months from the initial stage, and will be achieved if one considers the exact date of commencement of work.”
The minister of public works, Eknath Shinde, revealed that the new deadline for the length from Nagpur to Shirdi is now December 2021. The revised target for the stretch from Nagpur to Thane is December 2022. Anil Kumar Gaikwad, Eknath Shinde, additional collector Nishikant Sukhe, Ramtek MLA Ashish Jaiswal, Sena leaders including Kiran Pandav, and others inspected package-I of the 701km project on Friday. ‘40% of laborers left work due to COVID-19,’ said Anil Kumar Gaikwad. He added,
“Now everything has been streamlined; 35,000 are working on the project and 5,500 machines are engaged.”
Eknath Shinde, who is also the minister of urban development, said the project would encourage various industries and other sectors to come to Marathwada and Vidarbha. He added that the work of three-four of 20 nodes (townships) has also been started. He said,
“The project is very important and will be a game-changer for the state. The expressway will also be connected to JNPT and areas not falling on the corridor like Konkan through various ways. It will encourage industries and other sectors to come to Vidarbha and Marathwada. Sectors like textile, tourism, IT, and agriculture will be boosted by developing 20 nodes.”
Travel Time Will Reduce To 6 -7 Hours
Eknath Shinde added that the plan is to establish solar power plants of 250MW along the highway. He said,
“We have planned to plant over 11 lakh trees. This is in addition to existing greenery. There will be no comprised on quality. We are developing the project so that vehicles will operate at a speed of 150km per hour. Travel timing from Nagpur to Mumbai will be reduced from 15 hours to 6-7 hours.”
People are excited to experience the Mumbai-Nagpur expressway. Nagpur to Mumbai in just 6-7 hours will be a thriller ride.