On Tuesday, as reported in Nagpur Today, the Maharashtra cabinet approved a Concession Agreement, for the Rs 46,000 crore Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway, also known as the ‘Samruddhi Corridor.’
The agreement addresses issues like mitigation and unbundling of risks, allocation of risks and rewards, and symmetry of obligations between principal parties. The State Government, and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), have signed the agreement. The latter now has to achieve financial closure by June end.
This expressway is an ambitious project, and here are some interesting facts about it.
1. The expressway is an 8-lane road project, which will cut the present travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur (16 hours) by almost half.
2. The project is known as the Samruddhi Mahamarg, or Prosperity Corridor.
3. The expressway will run through 10 districts, 26 tehsils, and 390 villages. It will connect Nagpur, Buldhana, Amravati, Wardha, Washim, Thane, Aurangabad, Akola, Bhiwandi, and Nashik with Mumbai.
4. The state government plans to develop 24 nodes or prosperity hubs, including truck terminals, commercial sites, knowledge cities, IT industries, manufacturing units, etc., to boost the economy of the region.
5. The expressway will have underpasses, flyovers, and interchanges, at major road intersections. The route will avoid major cities and will provide for vehicular and pedestrian underpasses, at every village and town it goes through.
6. The project aims to be green and sustainable and will use solar lighting to ensure energy efficiency.
7. Traveller amenities like telephones, food plazas, restaurants and shops, that will be positioned every 5 km will help commuters. There will also be trauma centres, truck terminals and bus bays.
8. The expressway aims to set standards in safety, and CCTV cameras will be placed along the entire route.
9. The expressway is a functioning Maharashtra State Highway but is being built using National Express Highway standards.
10. The highway will have an alarm system, which will attract firefighting and first-aid groups to the site of a mishap, immediately.
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The expressway will not only improve connectivity within Maharashtra but also boost the economy by creating job opportunities and attracting investments in the districts it will pass through.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)