The toll for a light vehicle (car) for a one-way trip down the Rs 55,000-crore Samruddhi corridor connecting Nagpur and Mumbai will be around Rs1,100, said Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation joint managing director Anilkumar Gaikwad, on Friday.
Public works minister Eknath Shinde also announced that the revised deadline for the stretch from Nagpur to Shirdi is now December 2021, and for up to Thane it is December 2022. He ruled out cost escalation due to delay in completion of the eight-lane project.
Gaikwad said, “Toll will be as per guidelines issued by central government in 2008. Light vehicles will be charged Rs1.65 per km. Toll will be for exact km used on expressway. Toll for heavy vehicles will be thrice the rate for light vehicles.”
Gaikwad said 40% labourers left work due to Covid-19. “Now, everything has been streamlined; 35,000 are working and 5,500 machines are engaged,” he said.
Shinde said work of three-four of 20 nodes (townships) has been started. “The project is very important and will be a game-changer for the state. It will encourage industries and other sectors to come to Vidarbha and Marathwada. Sectors like textile, tourism, IT and agriculture will be boosted by developing 20 nodes,” he said.
Shinde said there will be no comprise on quality. “We are developing the project so that vehicles will operate at a speed of 150km per hour. Travel timing from Nagpur to Mumbai will be reduced from15 hours to 6-7 hours.