Prime Minister Narendra Modi is getting ready to inaugurate what is being called the ‘highest high-tech highway in India. The 701km Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway is expected to cut travel time between the two cities by nearly a third. The expressway, which will have a number of features including periodic electric vehicle charging stations, will open to commuters from Sunday, October 11. Only the first phase of the expressway will operate. right from the start.
Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate a 520km stretch of highway connecting Nagpur with the religious hotspot Shirdi tomorrow. Eknath Shinde, Minister of Maharashtra, said: “The Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway will be a game changer. Travel time in 18 hours will be reduced to 6 to 7 hours. Mumbai and Nagpur will come close. more and trade will increase. It will also help farmers.”
Built with cost $49,250 crore, the highway will connect 10 counties of the state. It will also be connected to the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, which is expected to be completed next year. The eight-lane highway, which will be one of the longest in India, will reduce travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur to about six to seven hours from the current 18. It will have a speed limit of 150 km, which will reduce the travel time from Mumbai to Aurangabad to just four hours.
Some of the standout features of the highway are improved tunnel and street lighting, along with digital signage throughout. Expressway tolls will be calculated automatically based on the distance traveled between the entry and exit points. It will also be a Zero Fatality highway where CCTV monitoring and toll free phone booths will be provided every 5 km to report any accidents or emergencies.
The Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway will also be tram-friendly. One can ignore concerns about the short range offered on EVs as the highway is expected to provide an EV charging station every 50 km.
The highway would also allow the facility to land planes, in the event of an emergency or war-like situation. The facility is also available on the Agra-Lucknow Highway, where fighter jets can land.
The highway will pass through several wildlife sanctuaries, there will be about nine green bridges or overpasses, and 17 underpasses for wildlife to navigate.
First published date: December 10, 2022, 16:10 pm IST