Now, Samruddhi E-way to cost Rs 55,305 crore

Pandurang Mhaske
Friday, 5 October 2018

COSTLY AFFAIR
- Earlier, this Super Communication Expressway was to cost Rs 49,247 crore. 
- For the current fiscal, the State had promised to allocate Rs 512.99 crore.

MUMBAI: The Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Mahamarg, a 710-kilometre long access controlled expressway passing through 10 districts and connecting adjoining 24 rural districts, will now cost Rs 55,305 crore. This Super Communication Expressway was to cost Rs 49,247 crore but the cost has been revised by almost Rs 6,000 crore after the tender process was started.

The State government has accorded its nod to the revised administrative cost of Samruddhi Mahamarg, portrayed as ‘a game-changer for Maharashtra’.

For the current fiscal, the State had promised to allocate Rs 512.99 crore while during the next financial year (2019-20) the amount will be Rs 2026.28 crore and this burden will increase to Rs 3856.91 crore. The land acquired for inter-changes, toll plazas, and amenities will be transferred to the specially-created company named Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway Limited. Besides, strict timelines have been prescribed for MSRDC to raise funds by utilising land acquired for Samruddhi Mahamarg.

According to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the project will usher ‘Maharashtra into prosperity, boost agro-based industries, attract globally competitive manufacturing units in Vidarbha and Marathwada and will place Maharashtra ahead of other states by at least 20 years.”

The road will start from Mumbai and will pass through 30 talukas of Thane, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Jalna, Buldhana, Washim, Amravati and Wardha. Then finally connecting six-lane Western Corridor connecting ports. It will have 23 nodes or prosperity hubs where truck terminus, commercial use, knowledge city, IT industries, manufacturing units where huge employment and economic activity will come up, Fadnavis said.

The six-lane super communication highway, connecting the entire breadth of Maharashtra, would require 9,000 hectares of land. There will be 24 interchanges along the super-fast access controlled road which will be built across ten districts.

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