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Covid-19 Pushes Mumbai-Nagpur Highway Commissioning by 6 Months; No Cost Overruns

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The 520-km stretch between Nagpur and Shirdi will likely be thrown open for vehicular motion on May 1, 2021, and will likely be adopted by it getting prolonged additional to Bhiwandi on the outskirts of the monetary capital in December the identical yr, to take the size to 623 km.

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  • Last Updated: October 8, 2020, 7:59 PM IST
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Mumbai: The coronavirus pandemic has impacted work on the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, and the formidable Rs 55,000-crore challenge will now be prepared to make use of in May 2022 as towards the sooner goal of December 2021, a prime MSRDC official stated on Thursday. The 520-km stretch between Nagpur and Shirdi will likely be thrown open for vehicular motion on May 1, 2021, and will likely be adopted by it getting prolonged additional to Bhiwandi on the outskirts of the monetary capital in December the identical yr, to take the size to 623 km.

The challenge’s general size is 700 km, and it’s designed to be an eight-lane greenfield (new) freeway with new alignment which is known as the ‘Samruddhi’ or prosperity hall due to its potential to alter the financial panorama of the areas it passes by way of. Radheshyam Mopalwar, vice-chairman and managing director of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), stated most work was to happen in the summertime months of March to June, however the lockdown impacted development this yr.

The variety of staff on the websites had gone right down to 10,000 in June from a peak of 18,000 and has now come again to 20,000, he stated. Currently, work on over 152 km of the freeway, which will likely be a toll street, has been accomplished and the work is in full swing.

Mopalwar stated the delay will, nonetheless, not lead to a price escalation as all of the 15 packages have been tendered out and added that the general value of the challenge stays at Rs 55,335 crore. Land acquisition has been absolutely accomplished at a price of over Rs 7,500 crore, he stated including that Rs 40,000 crore is the engineering value or the price of development.

The freeway can have electrical charging services in any respect the 28 service plazas, Mopalwar stated. In the primary section opening, there could also be a stretch of round 50 km in Washim and Buldhana districts the place work on just one facet of the freeway will likely be full to begin with.

Meanwhile, Mopalwar stated the MSRDC can also be planning to lift as much as Rs 15,000 crore by monetising land parcels in Napean Sea Road, Bandra and alongside the Mumbai-Pune expressway that it holds. The bidding course of on this was to begin in April itself however has been pushed on the recommendation of a realty advisor, Mopalwar stated including {that a} choice on the identical is anticipated within the subsequent 15 days.

On the Virar-Alibag hall, which has been just lately awarded to MSRDC, Mopalwar stated land acquisition is the actual problem and as soon as a considerable quantity of land is in possession, the physique will invite bids from firms by June 2021 for development to begin post-monsoon in September 2021.

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