Maharashtra government has planned to build a network of 5,267 km expressways across the state to reduce the distance between districts by making transport and communication facilities more efficient. The corporation is working on expressways of about 4,217 km, and a length of about 1,500 km will be constructed by the NHAI.
According to MSRDC’s project proposal, out of 4,217 km, 94 km of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway has already been completed, and 701 km of the Nagpur-Pune Samriddhi Highway is nearing completion. The first phase of this is starting shortly as the Samriddhi Highway will be extended by 180 km Jalna-Nanded and 141 km Nagpur-Gondia highway. At the same time, the 106 km Gondia-Gadchiroli and 156 km Gadchiroli-Nagpur highways will be part of the Samriddhi expansion.
Apart from this, Mumbai and Sindhudurg will be connected through the 318 km Konkan Expressway, while the Virar-Alibaug Multi-Purpose Highway will be developed in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and will be 98 km long. A 168 km highway will be constructed to remove traffic congestion in Pune, which also includes the projects of 760 km Nagpur-Goa Shaktipeeth Expressway and 180 km Pune-Nashik Industrial Highway, both of which have recently been called for tenders.
For the development of Marathwada, a 300 km Shirur-Beed-Latur State Border Highway has been proposed, while Nashik-Dhule-Jalgaon-Amravati-Nagpur will be connected through a proposed highway of 650 km. The proposed project also includes the 125 km Aurangabad-Jalgaon highway and the 240 km Shegaon-Akola-Nanded highway. It was also explained that the highway will be completed by meeting both these challenges through debt collection and government funds. Out of 5,267 km, 1,050 km will be executed by NHAI and the highways passing through various states will be connected to Maharashtra. It includes the Aurangabad-Pune Highway (270 km, part of the state), Surat to Chennai Highway (450 km, part of the state), Delhi-Mumbai Highway (110 km, part of the state), and Pune-Bangalore Highway with a length of 220 km will be a part of the state.