The Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway (NMSCE), also called Samruddhi Mahamarg (Prosperity Corridor) is by far, India's largest road project. This 701-km expressway will be a greenfield project and offer its users, state-of-the-art facilities. This highway will connect Maharashtra's two important cities, Mumbai and Nagpur.
The expressway will pass through 10 districts and use 9,330 hectares of land. These are some of the backward districts in Maharashtra. It will be an eight-lane highway designed for speeds as high as 150 kmph.
There will be vehicular underpasses (VUP) and pedestrian underpasses (PUP) for every town or village.
The whole project cost is estimated at Rs 46,000 crore. This includes civil work, project management consultant's (PMC) fees, land acquisition and development of clusters along the highway. 64% of land is already acquired.
The construction is divided into 16 packages. The Maharashtra Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has floated requests for proposal (RFP) inviting PMCs for it already. This is expected to be completed by April 10. The funding will be received through various state banks.
State of the art facilities
Solar lighting will be installed to ensure energy efficiency. There will be telephones every 5 kms. Travellers will find food plazas, trauma centres, shops, bus bay and truck terminals along the way. There will be plantation and landscaping for the beautification of the expressway.
There will be digitised signages and free Wi-Fi access. Traffic surveillance will be done and CCTVs will help with the monitoring.
Education and Information Technology Parks have also been planned for the route. Some international schools have also shown interest. Land available in such routes are trouble-free as they will be allotted by the government. The project is expected to boost the economy of the region.
Source: Financial Express