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Mumbai-Nagpur express highway work to begin in April next year


Maharahtra Government has set an ambitious target to begin the work on Mumbai-Nagpur super-expressway in April next year. The first phase of this road is to be completed by 2019 and the project will be fully ready by December 2020.

For Nagpur-Mumbai super-expressway 25 per cent land acquisition has already been done, the remaining land acquisition will completed be completed within a month, and work for this expressway will begin from April next year, said Maharashtra State Government Cabinet Minister (PWD) Eknath Shinde.

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Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis has directed MSRDC to begin work on this express highway as soon as possible. For this highway 20,000 hector of land will be possessed. Because of this huge land aquisition farmers are suffering. But even though farmers are opposing this acquisition. Even though farmers are opposing to this project, government somehow managed to aquisit 25 per cent of the land. This project is on fastrack mode, beacuse its an important project for development of Maharahtra, expressed Eknath Shinde.

About Mumbai-Nagpur express high way:

Express Highway, based on the govt approval and the formal announcement by state govt authorities, this highway is a project connecting two major cities Nagpur & Aurangabad in Maharashtra to the capital city of Mumbai via the same link-route and in less than the distance covered by the NH 6.

 The new road theoretically saves 65 km distance between the two cities and the travel time of nearly one-and-half hours. Though said so, ironically, if developed with 4 lane basis, as declared earlier by the State Public Works Dept., this highway can save more than 8 hrs of time between Nagpur and Mumbai, as compared to NH 6.

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Though approved on 23 Dec, 1999, its major development started in late 2002 and it is now completed almost 60%, by the end of 2011. The Aurangabad – Mumbai sector is already started with full flow of traffic, while the Nagpur – Aurangabad sector is still under construction and expected to be completed soon (by the end of 2015 ). It is expected to share the major direct road traffic between these cities, including almost 30%-40% of traffic from NH 6.

Passing through Districts AreasThis Highway passes through almost 12 districts of Maharashtra which are:

  • Nagpur District
  • Wardha District
  • Amravati District
  • Yavatmal District
  • Washim District
  • Buldana District
  • Jalna District
  • Aurangabad District
  • Ahmadnagar District
  • Nasik District
  • Thane District and
  • Mumbai Central (including, both Mumbai City & Mumbai Suburban districts)

The Major cities bypassed (not on this highway):

  • Amravati
  • Yavatmal
  • Akola
  • Khamgaon
  • Jalgaon
  • Dhule
  • Malegaon and
  • Nasik