Nagpur: A video posted by Eknath Shinde on his twitter account on Sunday showed Devendra Fadnavis, the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, driving Shinde's car while inspecting the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway.
Shinde visited Nagpur to inspect the work ahead of the prime minister's visit.
Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had on Saturday announced that Nagpur to Shirdi stretch of the project will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 11.
Speaking to reporters at Nagpur airport, the CM said that it will be moment of joy on December 11, as 520 km of the expressway from Nagpur to Shirdi will be opened for the public.
"Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway will be a game changer project. The travel time of 18 hours will come down to six to seven hours. Mumbai and Nagpur will come closer and trade will increase. It will also help farmers," Shinde said.
At least 10 districts will be integrated directly and 14 indirectly with this project, he said, adding that the expressway will bring prosperity to the nation.
"It gives me satisfaction that the project has been named after Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray," Shinde said.
The 701-km long expressway, built at the cost of Rs 49,250 crore, passes through 392 villages spread over 11 districts.
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