PM Modi opens 1st phase of Mumbai-Nagpur ‘high-tech’ expressway. Check details

The first phase of the Nagpur-Mumbai 'Samruddhi Expressway' was inaugurated on Sunday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It connects the city of Nagpur to the temple town of Shirdi in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district, covering a distance of 520 kilometres. The project, which is called 'Hindu Hrudaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg', will have a total length of 701 kilometres.

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| Updated on: 11 Dec 2022, 16:27 PM
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The Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, once fully completed, will have a total length of 701 kilometres.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of Mumbai-Nagpur express, which is officially known as Hindu Hrudaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg. (Image: Twitter/Narendra Modi)
The first phase of the expressway covers a 520 km distance between Nagpur and Shirdi. (Image: Twitter/Piyush Goyal)
After completion, the 701 km long Samruddhi Mahamarg expressway will connect Mumbai with Nagpur. (Image: Twitter/Piyush Goyal)
The expressway connects 10 districts of Maharashtra and urban regions of Amravati, Aurangabad and Nashik. (Image: Twitter/Piyush Goyal)
Samruddhi Mahamarg is claimed to connect three international and seven domestic airports, two major and 48 minor shipping ports and 6,000 km railway network. (Image: Twitter/Piyush Goyal)
The expressway has dedicated animal crossings at different places built in a manner that won't disrupt the vehicular traffic. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
The 701 km expressway is being built at a cost of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>55,000 crore. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
The Mumbai-Nagpur expressway is claimed to significantly enhance the connectivity within Maharashtra. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
At every 40–50 km of interval on the expressway, there will be roadside amenities like food plazas and rest areas along with electric vehicle charging stations. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
The Mumbai–Nagpur expressway will travel through 10 key districts directly and 14 districts indirectly via feeder roads, 24 talukas, and 392 villages. (Image: Twitter/Narendra Modi)
An Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) will be deployed along the expressway to keep tabs on vehicles speeding, lane discipline or vehicular breakdowns. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
The Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, once fully completed, will have a total length of 701 kilometres.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of Mumbai-Nagpur express, which is officially known as Hindu Hrudaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg. (Image: Twitter/Narendra Modi)
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of Mumbai-Nagpur express, which is officially known as Hindu Hrudaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg. (Image: Twitter/Narendra Modi)
The first phase of the expressway covers a 520 km distance between Nagpur and Shirdi. (Image: Twitter/Piyush Goyal)
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The first phase of the expressway covers a 520 km distance between Nagpur and Shirdi. (Image: Twitter/Piyush Goyal)
After completion, the 701 km long Samruddhi Mahamarg expressway will connect Mumbai with Nagpur. (Image: Twitter/Piyush Goyal)
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After completion, the 701 km long Samruddhi Mahamarg expressway will connect Mumbai with Nagpur. (Image: Twitter/Piyush Goyal)
The expressway connects 10 districts of Maharashtra and urban regions of Amravati, Aurangabad and Nashik. (Image: Twitter/Piyush Goyal)
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The expressway connects 10 districts of Maharashtra and urban regions of Amravati, Aurangabad and Nashik. (Image: Twitter/Piyush Goyal)
Samruddhi Mahamarg is claimed to connect three international and seven domestic airports, two major and 48 minor shipping ports and 6,000 km railway network. (Image: Twitter/Piyush Goyal)
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Samruddhi Mahamarg is claimed to connect three international and seven domestic airports, two major and 48 minor shipping ports and 6,000 km railway network. (Image: Twitter/Piyush Goyal)
The expressway has dedicated animal crossings at different places built in a manner that won't disrupt the vehicular traffic. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
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The expressway has dedicated animal crossings at different places built in a manner that won't disrupt the vehicular traffic. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
The 701 km expressway is being built at a cost of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>55,000 crore. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
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The 701 km expressway is being built at a cost of 55,000 crore. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
The Mumbai-Nagpur expressway is claimed to significantly enhance the connectivity within Maharashtra. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
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The Mumbai-Nagpur expressway is claimed to significantly enhance the connectivity within Maharashtra. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
At every 40–50 km of interval on the expressway, there will be roadside amenities like food plazas and rest areas along with electric vehicle charging stations. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
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At every 40–50 km of interval on the expressway, there will be roadside amenities like food plazas and rest areas along with electric vehicle charging stations. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
The Mumbai–Nagpur expressway will travel through 10 key districts directly and 14 districts indirectly via feeder roads, 24 talukas, and 392 villages. (Image: Twitter/Narendra Modi)
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The Mumbai–Nagpur expressway will travel through 10 key districts directly and 14 districts indirectly via feeder roads, 24 talukas, and 392 villages. (Image: Twitter/Narendra Modi)
An Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) will be deployed along the expressway to keep tabs on vehicles speeding, lane discipline or vehicular breakdowns. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)
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An Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) will be deployed along the expressway to keep tabs on vehicles speeding, lane discipline or vehicular breakdowns. (Image: Twitter/Devendra Fadnavis)

The project was first conceptualised in 2015 and is a brainchild of Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Once the entire project is completed, the expressway will reduce the travel time from Nagpur to Mumbai to seven hours, from the initial 18 hours. It is being built at a cost of about 55,000 crore and passes through 10 districts in the state.

(Also see | More pics of India's one-of-its-kind hi-tech expressway)

 Some of the features of the expressway are tunnel lighting and improved street lighting, along with digital signage throughout.
Some of the features of the expressway are tunnel lighting and improved street lighting, along with digital signage throughout.
 Some of the features of the expressway are tunnel lighting and improved street lighting, along with digital signage throughout.
Some of the features of the expressway are tunnel lighting and improved street lighting, along with digital signage throughout.

The project is further expected to improve the connectivity of 14 adjoining districts, and play a key role in the development of about 24 districts, including the regions of Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra. It is said to be one of the country's longest expressways. Later, it will also be connected to the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, which is expected to be completed next year, as well as to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and some tourist attractions such as Ajanta-Ellora Caves, Shirdi, and Lonar, among others.

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Fadnavis took to Twitter to share various pictures of the expressway, and wrote, “Yes yes this is India, Yes it’s Maharashtra too! Now, guess the common thing in all the pics!" Various people from Nagpur expressed their gratitude to the PM for inaugurating and initiating various developmental projects.

The expressway will have several features including EV charging stations at regular intervals. It will have a speed limit of 150 kms which will bring down travel time from Mumbai to Aurangabad to just four hours. Some of the features of the expressway are tunnel lighting and improved street lighting, along with digital signage throughout.

First Published Date: 11 Dec 2022, 12:52 PM IST
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