Maharashtra: Samruddhi expressway land acquisition complete

The state government has said it has completed 100 per cent land acquisition for the 701-km-long Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway, and released Rs.6,000 crore as compensation for 23,500 project-affected people, to acquire 8,311 hectares of land for the project. Work on the expressway has started at 16 sites, government sources said.

The expressway, a pet project of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, is estimated to be completed in 2021, and the government has said 10 districts would benefit from the project.

The expressway will begin from Thane and is expected to cut down travel time between Mumbai to Nagpur to just eight hours. Currently, the journey takes almost 15 hours by road.

The Samruddhi Expressway will be a six-lane road, with 390 bridges and seven or eight toll plazas. The government has obtained environmental and forest clearances and wildlife permissions to build the expressway.

Districts that would benefit from it are Nagpur, Wardha, Amravati, Washim, Buldana, Jalna, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Nashik and Thane. The government has planned a few projects around these districts, including a high-density industrial corridor; dry ports at Wardha and Jalna; agro nodes and industrial clusters; the creation of new circuits for religious and tourist activities; and building smart cities and green corridors.

However, activists from the Samruddhi Mahamarg Sangharsh Samitee are not happy with the process of land acquisition.

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