Some land acquisition still pending for the new Mumbai-Nagpur road project

Some land acquisition still pending for the new Mumbai-Nagpur road project

The proposed Maharashtra Samriddhi Mahamarg which was planned to connect Mumbai with Nagpur may be delayed further with reports suggesting that some part of the land acquisition required for the ambitious road project is still pending. 

The economic survey mentions that 8,311 hectares of land, which is around 86%, have been acquired so far. Further, a total of Rs 6,991 crore has been paid as compensation for land acquisition.

Estimates mention that this project, when completed, will cut travel time by almost half as compared to the existing travel distance. When this project is concluded, travelling from Mumbai to Nagpur will only take 8 hours as compared to around 15 hours it takes right now.  

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A total of Rs 55,335 crore has been allotted for the project and the authorities have reportedly spent only Rs 13,011 crore so far. This Mumbai-Nagpur eight-lane road project will span a total of 701 km with an estimated completion timeframe of 2020-21. 

Further, the MSRDC (Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation) mentioned that they have collected tolls worth Rs 9,252 crore from some of the completed projects while the total expenditure for the project is said Rs 28,975 crore.   

The authorities are also undertaking widening works for the Mumbai-Pune expressway, although the estimated cost has risen from Rs 314 crore to Rs 329 crore, with the work reportedly concluding fairly soon. 

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