Construction of the Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg, as the Mumbai – Nagpur expressway is known has been divided into 16 packages is still underway.
The state has so far acquired 80.3% of 9000 odd hectares required for the road , both private and government land,against a total compensation of rs 4788 crore, which was paid towards acquisition of private land. Of the land required , 833.2 hectares is government-owned which includes forest land.
The highway is likely to cut travel time between Mumbai and Aurangabad to 4 hours and between Aurangabad and Nagpur to 4 hours. It will bring 14 major tourist destinations closer and enable development of over 17 industry-based township along the corridor.
The cabinet on May 29 approved a tripartite concession agreement to be signed for the project. It will be signed between Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, state government and a special purpose vehicle. The cabinet committee on infrastructure approved a greenfield alignment for expressway and the MSRDC was appointed the implementing agency in 2015.
The preparation of a detailed project report is on and fundraising from financial institution is in progress. Official said the final cost of the project and the concessions to be given to contractors will be approved by the state finance department.
Expressway with width of 120m with a central median of 22.5m will follow international standards of design, 8 lanes , 4 on each side.
Will pass through 10 districts ( Nagpur,Aurangabad,Wardha,Jalna,Amaranth, Ahmednagar , Washim, Nashik, Buldhana and Thane)
50+ flyovers , 24+ interchanges , more than 5 tunnels , 400 + vehicular and 300+ pedestrian.