The ambitious Bharatmala project, announced by the central government earlier this week, has a lot in store for Maharashtra. Of the 44 economic corridors to be built across the country, 12 of them or 27% will pass through the state, giving a major boost to interstate connectivity.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted: “Great News! Maharashtra to gain a lot from Bharatmala project. Twelve of 44 corridors to pass through Maharashtra.”
The Union cabinet has passed the plan to construct 83,677 km of roads, highways, green-field expressways and bridges in phases. These will be built over the next five years at a cost of Rs.7 lakh crore to boost the economy and generate more jobs. Under the first phase, to be completed by 2022, 34,800 km of highways will be built.
The 12 corridors that will pass through the state account for 8,501-km-long stretches of highways and include Mumbai-Kolkata, Mumbai-Kanyakumari, Agra-Mumbai, Pune-Vijaywada, Surat-Nagpur, Solapur-Nagpur and Hyderabad-Aurangabad, among others.
Apart from this, Maharashtra will also benefit from three ring roads planned in Pune, Dhule and Nagpur, of the 28 ring roads planned across the country. A ring road is a road or a series of connected roads encircling a town or city.
The plan also includes interconnecting roads and feeder roads as well as enhancing port connectivity across 448 km in the state.
Besides these, logistics parks have also been planned in cities such as Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. Logistics park are expected to improve efficiency and reduce logistics costs by supporting warehousing, freight movement and other services such as customs clearances.