Mumbai : The broad alignment of the ambitious Nagpur-Mumbai Communications Super Expressway will go through areas linking Jamtha, Butibori MIDC, Wardha, Pulgaon, Karanja Lad, Sindkhed Raja, Jalna, Vaijapur, Ghoti and Padgha. The work on preparing the detailed project report (DPR) of the expressway will start from February, and the alignment of this Greenfield project will be decided by April.

According to officials of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the Rs 30,000 crore-super expressway is about 744 km and they have divided it into five packages for speedy preparation of DPR. Senior officials added that the construction – that will be on a cash contract – of the expressway could be awarded in six to eight packages to speed up the work.

“We have floated bids to engage international consultants for preparing the DPR and, the work on it will commence by early February. The broad alignment of the project has been decided. It will start from Jamtha, on the Nagpur-Butibori road and go up to Padgha, close to Mumbai,” said Radheshyam Mopalwar, vice chairman and managing director, MSRDC.

Mopalwar added that the boarder alignment has been divided in five phases for speedy preparation of the DPR.

According to senior bureaucrats, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has given the Corporation a stiff deadline of 2019 for the completion of the project.

The first package will cover Nagpur and Wardha districts and, will start from Jamtha up to Pulgaon via Butibori MIDC and Wardha having length of approximately 128 km. The second package will cover Amravati, Washim and Buldhana district. It covers 256 km from Pulgaon-Karanja-Sindkheda Raja up to Jalna border, said a senior MSRDC official.

The third package starts from the Jalna border and goes up to Vaijapur via Jalna and Aurangabad district covering approximate length of 165 km. The fourth package starts from Vaijapur to Ghoti, near Igatpuri in Nashik district is a 115 km stretch, and the last package is a smaller stretch of 80 km from Ghoti to Padgha, the official added.

According to Mopalwar, the broad alignment passes through a lot of backward areas. “We also plan to have IT parks wherever possible, smart cities will be planned along with educational hubs, all these would benefit these areas immensely,” he added.

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