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60% land acquisition for Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway done, says MSRDC

The construction of the access-controlled expressway, also called the Samruddhi Corridor, has been divided into 16 packages

mumbai Updated: Jan 16, 2018 23:49 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times
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The construction of the access-controlled expressway, also called the Samruddhi Corridor, has been divided into 16 packages(FILE)

The Maharashtra government’s ambitious Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway project may get a boost as the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) says it has acquired around 60% of the total land required for the project. Senior officials said the request for proposal (RFP), a process to get bids from qualified contractors, will begin on Wednesday.

Of the 33 joint-venture companies that showed interest in the first stage of qualification last year, the MSRDC is in the process of shortlisting a few. The construction of the access-controlled expressway, also called the Samruddhi Corridor, has been divided into 16 packages.

The MSRDC—which is building the project—has already missed two deadlines to begin work on-ground for the project - October 2017 and January 2018 - owing to strong resistance from farmers. Radheshyam Moplawar, vice-chairman and managing director of MSRDC, said, “By including government land, we have completed almost 60% of the acquisition. The RFPs will be sent to the shortlisted companies from tomorrow.”

According to data obtained from MSRDC, the 701-km Expressway will require 9364.73 hectares in total. Of which, about 8531.50 hectares is private land. Around 833 hectares is also government land, which MSRDC is in the process of acquiring.

About 60% would account for around 5,780.4 hectares. The project, which includes a 701-km expressway and industrial clusters and townships alongside it, is chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ dream project.

In August, Fadnavis had directed the MSRDC to purchase 50% of the land by the first week of October. However, officials said that the process of land acquisition is a lengthy one, owing to issues like multiple ownership, family disputes, among others.

Meanwhile, the project, which is estimated to cost around Rs46,000 crore, could be funded by the Korean Land & Housing Corporation of South Korea, said MSRDC officials.

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 23:49 IST