Nagpur–Aurangabad–Mumbai express highway

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Nagpur–Aurangabad–Mumbai Express Highway
Route information
Length: 700 km (400 mi)
Major junctions
From: Butibori
 
To: Ghoti
Location
States: Maharashtra
Primary
destinations:
Nagpur, Aurangabad, Mumbai
Highway system

The Nagpur–Aurangabad–Mumbai express highway (Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg) is a Maharashtra State Highway, as its area lies entirely in the state of Maharashtra, but is being built using National Express Highway standards.

Development[edit]

The project was approved on 23 Dec 1999,[1] to be built in two phases. Major development started in late 2002. In Phase I, a four lane road was constructed. In Phase II, this road is being expanded to a six-lane highway with multiple service roads, tunnels, and flyovers.[2] It is expected to be completed by 2019.

The first phase of the highway project connects Nagpur, Aurangabad, Ghoti with the capital city of Mumbai in less than the distance covered by the NH 6, the historic route. This section of road saves 65 km distance between the two cities and the travel time of nearly one-and-half hours.[3][4]

As of the beginning of 2012, the highway was 60% completed. The Aurangabad - Mumbai sector was already in use with a full flow of traffic, while the Nagpur - Aurangabad sector was completed at the end of 2015, bringing the project to 80% completion. It shares the major direct road traffic between these cities, including almost 30%-40% of traffic from NH 6.

The total cost for this expressway is projected to be 30,000 crore (US$4.7 billion) [2] The portions of the road passing through Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nashik, Nagpur will feature CCTV, fibre optics, and educational institutions.[5]

The completed expressway is expected to reduce the travel time between Mumbai-Nagpur from 16 to six hours. The project will pass through 10 districts.[6][7]

Standards, operations, and route information[edit]

Wardha River over-bridge on express highway near Pulgaon

Although this is a state highway, it is built on the National Highway basis. The Maharashtra government is trying to operate this highway through a private party for 30 years to recover its cost.[8]

The highway bypasses several major cities in Maharashtra state currently serviced by NH 6 and NH 3, though it passes through their districts, and is easily accessible by most. It directly connects Wardha to Jalna, via Pulgaon & Karanja Lad. The Major cities bypassed include: Amravati, Yavatmal, Pulgaon, Akola, Khamgaon, Jalgaon, Dhule, Malegaon, and Nasik.

The route of the highway passes through 12 districts of Maharashtra: Nagpur, Wardha, Amravati, Yavatmal, Washim, Buldana, Jalna, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Nasik, Thane and Mumbai Central (including both the Mumbai City & Mumbai Suburban districts)

Route statistics[edit]

The total length of this highway is 700 km (430 Miles),[9] from Nagpur to Mumbai, excluding the portions of NH 7 and NH 3 it covers at Nagpur-Butibori and Ghoti-Kalyan-Mumbai sectors respectively. This highway also covers portions of the Maharashtra State Highways at certain areas, which are now being rebuilt with National Highway Standards.

This highway roughly covers the regions in Maharashtra as,

Junctions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mumbai-Aurangabad-Nagpur Project -Official Website". Msrdc.org. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Nagpur-Mumbai super expressway to bring down travel time to 10 hours: Fadnavis". The Indian Express. 1 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Chittaranjan Tembhekar, TNN (2008-12-30). "One Bid for Mumbai-Nagpur Highway". The Times of India. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway: Maharashtra Cabinet Nod to Adopt Land-pooling Model". 2016-07-22. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Toll Plazas Likely to Come Up on Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway". NDTV.com. 5 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway to Cut Travel Time by 8 Hours". dna. 16 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Special Correspondent. "Maharashtra plans 800-km Mumbai-Nagpur expressway". The Hindu. 
  8. ^ "Mumbai-Nagpur highway gets only one taker". Projectstoday.com. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  9. ^ "Mumbai Aurangabad". Msrdc.org. Retrieved 2010-12-10.