Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway Set To Open In Phases From May

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In another major development, the Nagpur-Mumbai expressway is all set to be opened in phases from this year onwards. However, the first phase of Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Greenfield is expected to be thrown open for vehicular movement since May, 2022.

According to reports, in the first phase, it is likely to be opened between Nagpur and Washim district. This was discussed in a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday, April 4.

In the review meeting, officials from Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which is the nodal agency for completing the 701-km six-lane super expressway, made a presentation sharing the development of the work.

Over 70 per cent of the work of the INR 55,000 crore project. The construction work started in January 2019, MSDRC report stated.

Explaining further, an official said that in the first phase, they won’t be able to open the expressway till Shirdi due to incomplete work. Instead, the 210-km road from Nagpur to Shelu Bazar in Washim, which is ready to use, is likely to be opened in the first phase as the next 20 km stretch is not in a position to be completed in the next two months owing to technical reasons.

Meanwhile, the chief minister directed MSRDC to ensure that the entire stretch has greenery alongside the expressway so that people can enjoy the journey.

For those unversed, the ambitious project, which is also known as the ‘Hindu Hrudaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg’ is aimed at reducing the travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur by half. Currently, the travel time between the two cities is somewhere between 16-18 hours.

Besides, state urban development minister Eknath Shinde has recently announced that the first phase between Nagpur and Shirdi (Ahmednagar) will start from May.



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