The Samruddhi Mahamarg is more popularly known as the Mumbai Nagpur Expressway. This prestigious project is all set to become fully operational by the end of this year. Here, we will share all the key details about the Mumbai Nagpur expressway. This will help you be familiar with the project cost, the timelines, the places it will connect, and a ton of other details.
As a responsible citizen of the country, it is your duty and responsibility to be aware of these details and to know about the major constructions happening in and around your city.
The Mumbai Nagpur Expressway
Mumbai and Nagpur are two of the main cities of the Maharashtra state. The main aim of this project is to ensure that the two prime cities of the state could have a seamless transport connection which could facilitate easy commuting from one place to the other.
This expressway is going to run through as many as 392 villages and it will cover 10 different districts. This will help in cutting down the net travel time between the two cities significantly. Once this ambitious project is done, one can reach Mumbai to Nagpur in as less as 7 houses via this route.
The Mumbai Nagpur Expressway Project Details
Here are some of the key details about this project.
- The full name of this project is The Hindu Hruday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg.
- This project will kickstart in several phases
- It is estimated to be 701 kilometres long
- The opening date for phase 1 was slated for August 15th, 2022. Earlier, the date was finalized for May 2022 but it was called off because a segment of wildlife overpass that fall in the route was severely damaged.
- It was also impacted because of the unprecedented global pandemic that led to a major crippling of the economy
- It is estimated that the next phase will become fully operational by mid-2023
- The net budget that has been allowed for the project is estimated to be close to Rs. 55,000 crores
- The land that will be acquired is tantamount to 9,900 hectares
- As much as 10,000 hectares of land will be acquired for developing the Krushi Samruddhi Nagar
- 145 hectares of land will be used for offering amenities and facilities along this expressway
The Route Map Details
This 701 km long expressway will pass through the following places
Along with these cities, 14 other districts will be connected too via this expressway. They are as follows
Several feeder roads and interconnecting highways will also be made to ensure that all other important cities and even top tourist places could be well connected to the route as well.
Some of the tourist places that will also enjoy connectivity thanks to this route are as follows
- The Shirdi (5 km)
- Bibi ka Maqbara (5km)
- Sula Vineyards (8 km)
- Trimbakeshwar Shiv Temple (14 km)
- Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary (60 km)
- Pench National Park (95 km)
- Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (124 km)
This expressway will be divided into three phases.
- The first place will connect Nagpur and Shelu Bazaar in the Washim district. This will span a net length of 210 kilometres.
- The second phase will connect Shelu Bazaar to Shirdi and it started on August 15th, 2022.
- It is estimated that the last phase should be opened by mid-2023
The Impact On Real Estate
There is no denying the fact that better connectivity tends to bring in great economic and infrastructural development in an area. This tends to push the overall living condition and thereby the lifestyle. So, there will be a growing impact on houses and a boom in real estate as well.
So, whenever a big expressway is being made, it is likely to have a positive impact on the real estate sector.
This expressway is also going to pass through some of the lesser developed areas as well. Such areas are likely going to benefit significantly from the project.
The idea is to develop several skill-based industries on the route as the area currently relies largely on dairy farming and agriculture. Shirdi which is one of the top religious communities is likely to enjoy much better connectivity from both Mumbai and Nagpur which are modern-day fast cities. This can therefore boost the chances of Shirdi as a potential second home destination. A lot of people tend to make homes at such locations as a potential investment.
More than Mumbai, it is believed that Nagpur is much more likely to see massive real estate growth as this expressway might kickstart a new dawn in the real estate field of the city which lacked the right growth driving factors so far.
Along with this, there is no denying the fact that Maharashtra is the warehouse hub of India. So, once the Mumbai Nagpur expressway is operational, it is likely to be very beneficial for the supply chain process. More export import trade is likely to occur with this expressway becoming operational. It will connect to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai and also the Nagpur multi-modal international hub airport at Nagpur.
One of the negative sides to the whole development is the large discontentment among farmers. It is believed that farmers have been deeply disturbed. Though the government claims that they are offering alternate sites, the media continues to report a different story as the farmers are cutting a sorry figure. It remains to be seen as to what is the real truth and whether or not the government is doing something for the sake of fixing this issue.
Here is the rundown of what the project went through and the different project timelines in complete detail. This will give a snapshot of the different phases of this project and thereby help you gauge an idea of how far along the project is.
The Maharashtra cabinet approved to acquire land for Samruddhi Mahamarg under the pooling model
The land acquisition for the project kickstarted
The Maharashtra cabinet approved the project officially
60% of the land acquisition has been completed. The work for the expressway got divided into 16 packages
PM Modi performs the groundbreaking ceremony, therefore, starting the project in an auspicious manner
Funding was secured and therefore road construction started in full swing. The project deadline was set for December 2020
The completion date was pushed back to 2022 owing to the impact of the global pandemic
As much as 86 percent of the land acquisition got done for the expressway
40 percent of the work on the expressway got completed
It was announced that the Nagpur to Shirdi stretch will become operational by May 2021 and the full expressway will become operational by May 2022
70 percent of the construction work was completed
The Nagpur to Aurangabad stretch became operational
The rest of the expressway is all set to become operational
The Project Plan Details
- This project is going to be both implemented and executed by the Maharashtra state road development corporation
- This is going to be a full greenfield expressway
- As many as 24 different townships are being planned along this route. This is likely to trigger good economic development in the area.
- The expressway is going to have eight lanes. Two of them are going to be service roads
- Of the Rs. 50,000 crores budget for the expressway, 25,000 crores are going to be spent on acquiring the land to set up the route
- Six tunnels are going to be a part of the Samruddhi marg. One among them will be the longest tunnel in Maharashtra
- The longest tunnel is going to have a lifespan of 100 years and will be built using the new Australian tunnelling method
- The 3-lane double tunnel is going to be as wide as 35 metres
- The land that will be acquired under this project is going to use a pooling model. Here farmers are going to get 30% of the land elsewhere. Along with this, as a part of the compensation, the farmers will get Rs. 50,000 per hectare, if the land is non-irrigated and Rs. 1 lakh every year if the land is irrigated. This will continue for the next ten years.
- The project got an extension as it is all set to cover even more areas and thereby offer better connectivity.
The Current Status
As per the reports circulating in the media, the Samruddhi Mahamarg is nearing 70% of the completion status. This expressway is huge and it will be made operational in phases.
Phase 1 of the project is around 95% completed and the vehicle can start to operate on the route from the next month onwards
The Latest News And Updates
Here are all the latest news and updates about the Mumbai Nagpur expressway. It is important to be mindful of these updates as it allows you to stay informed about the specifics and gauge how far along the project is and the stages it went through.
The state highway police set up traffic aid posts on the Samruddhi Mahamarg
- On September 15th, 2021, the state highway announced that they wanted to set up as many as 24 traffic aid posts on the expressway. This proposal was then submitted to the MSDRC for their approval.
- The Aurangabad district is going to have the highest number of TAPs and that will be 4 in number.
- Wardha and Nashik will have 3 TAPs each
- There are seven more districts after this and each one of them will have 2 TAPs
- All personnel who will be deployed at these traffic-aided posts will have necessary night vision gadgets and also speed guns. Their main role will be to monitor vehicle movements.
- The CCTVs that are installed all along the route will be directly linked with these posts along with the state police headquarters. This will facilitate real-time tracking of the vehicles and it will come in handy.
This goes on to show that there has been very smart and detailed planning that has been put into place. Apart from designing the expressway, emphasis has also been paid to monitoring the movement and making sure that no unwanted crime takes place on the route.
MSRDC will be constructing interchanges to link this expressway to the districts
- The MSRDC announced that they will be constructing as many as five interchanges at Shendra, Sawangi, Maliwada, Hadas Pimpalgaon, and Jambhargaon. This will ensure that these districts are going to be connected to the Mumbai Nagpur expressway. Each of these interchanges will in turn have a toll road.
- The interchange present at Jaypur will benefit the vehicles plying from Chikalthana and Shendra MIDC areas.
- The link road present at Sawangi could also be used by commuters who are moving toward Mumbai
- The interchange present at Maliwada can be used by people hailing from
- Aurangabad., Paddgaon, and Chawani areas
- The service road present at Hadas Pimpalgaon will help those coming from Gangapur Tehsil.
Thus, with the right networking in place, a lot of districts and rural areas will see much more improved connectivity and this in turn is going to help everyone living and commuting from there in the long run.
The Mumbai Nagpur expressway will turn into a green corridor
- MSDRC announced that they will be planting as many as 12.67 lakh trees along the road thereby making this expressway a green corridor. Along with these many trees, as many as 12.87 lakhs of small plants and shrubs will also be planted.
- 3.21 lakh shrubs will be planted inside the compound wall as well.
- The government also has plans to set up a solar plant of 250 MW capacity along the highway corridor.
- This project is going to cost approximately Rs. 900 crores and money from this will also go into the maintenance of these plants and trees for seven loving years.
- Each tree present in the expressway is going to be geo-tagged as well.
All these details end up making this expressway pretty advanced and something that is made keeping the environmental factors in mind too. Every single detail is crucial towards ensuring that the expressway is made not by comprising of nature and the greenery either.
These are all the latest updates and something that gives you an idea of how far along this project is.
When will the Mumbai Nagpur expressway become operational?
It is likely to become fully operational by the end of 2022
Who is implementing the Mumbai Nagpur expressway?
The Maharashtra state road development corporation is responsible for the implementation of this expressway
How long is the expressway?
The Mumbai Nagpur expressway is going to cover a net span of 701 kilometres. It is going to largely cut down the travel time from Mumbai to Nagpur. Currently, it takes close to 15 hours and the time will then be cut down to 7 hours. This expressway will make commuting easier and is also likely to spearhead economic development in the area.
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What is the budget for this prestigious project?
This project has a rough budget of Rs. 55,000 crores. A lot of planning is put into place as this project is going to be a green expressway. Plans are in place to plant herbs, shrubs, and trees and to make sure that every plant is geotagged as well.
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