Mumbai-Nagpur Super Expressway to finally become a reality

Faster commute between Mumbai and Nagpur has become one step closer to reality, with the Maharashtra government approving the land acquisition for the Mumbai-Nagpur Super Expressway under a pooling model

The Maharashtra cabinet on July 5, 2016, gave its approval to acquire land for the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur Super Expressway under a pooling model, wherein farmers will get around 30% of the developed land elsewhere, which could be used for setting up industrial or other units.

The 710-km Super Expressway will pass through Nagpur, Wardha, Amravati, Washim, Buldhana, Jalna, Aurangabad, Nashik, Ahmednagar and Thane district and is expected to halve the commute time between Mumbai and Nagpur to around six hours.

The Super Expressway will have six lanes, along with two additional service roads and is estimated to cost around Rs 30,000 crore.

“The land, on which the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur Super Expressway is to be built, will be acquired from farmers under the land pooling model. Under this, the farmers will get 25%-30% of developed land with amenities, as per the farmers’ needs and this can be used to set up industries or other units,” Maharashtra’s Public Works Department minister, Eknath Shinde, told reporters.

Apart from that, farmers will also get Rs 50,000 per hectare for non-irrigated land and Rs 1 lakh every year for irrigated land, for a period of 10 years, he said.

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Meanwhile, Shinde said the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has sent a notice to the contractor Mhaiskar Infrastructure for ‘unsatisfactory’ maintenance of Yashwantrao Chavan (Mumbai-Pune) Expressway and has asked it to take necessary action within 60 days.

“The MSRDC and government will take action against the contractor, if they fail to make good all compliance and shortfalls within 60 days,” he said.