Mumbai: The Maharashtra government’s ambitious Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway project may start from the first week of March. According to the officials, it has acquired around 60 per cent of the total land required for the project and by end of February, 90 per cent of land acquisition will be completed. The construction of the access-controlled expressway, also called the Samruddhi Corridor, has been divided into 16 packages.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which is building the project, acquired more than 4,000 hectares of land for the project in last four months. The 701 km Expressway needs 9,364.73 hectares of land. Of which, about 8531.50 hectares is private land and 833 hectares is government land. The project has already missed two deadlines to begin work on-ground for the project i.e. October 2017 and January 2018.
Radheshyam Moplawar, the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of MSRDC, said, “Including government land, we have completed almost 60% of the acquisition and 90 per cent acquisition will be done by this month end.”
“10,694 farmers had given consent for acquisition of land and we acquired 4,000 hectares. 20,000 more farmers have given consent to acquire about 7,500 hectares of land,” Mopalwar said.
The project includes a 701-km expressway and industrial clusters and townships alongside it and is Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ dream project.
“While acquiring the land, the MSRDC avoided acquiring fertile land for the project,” he said.
There are 28 big bridges and 228 small bridges on the expressway. There are 38 tunnels of about 13 km and about 68 kilometres of viaduct. One big viaduct is being constructed at Thane.
“The cost of one viaduct is Rs 100 crore per kilometre. The project will be completed in 30 months after it starts,” Mopalwar added.