The Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg is an infrastructure project that will build a fast- track, state-of- the- art expressway connecting Mumbai, the state capital and financial capital of the country with Nagpur, the state's winter capital. The MSC project also proposes to develop 20+ Krushi Samruddhi Kendra (new towns) along the Mahamarg.

The project has two basic components:

  • A super communication expressway connecting Nagpur to Mumbai and the hinterland of Maharashtra with the port in Mumbai and the multi-modal cargo hub in Nagpur.
  • Krushi Samruddhi Kendra (new towns), comprising agro - based industries, commercial hubs and residential area with all basic amenities proposed to be developed at the intersection of the expressway and national or state highways.

Project Statistics

Krushi Samruddhi Kendra

Super Communication Expressway

The expressway connecting Nagpur and Mumbai will pass through 10 districts, namely Nagpur, Wardha, Amravati, Washim, Buldhana, Aurangabad, Jalna, Ahmednagar, Nasik and Thane. Inter-connecting highways and feeder roads will connect another 14 districts, namely Chandrapur, Bhandara, Gondia, Gadchiroli, Yavatmal, Akola, Hingoli, Parbhani, Nanded, Beed, Dhule, Jalgaon, Palghar and Raigad. In this manner, a total of 24 districts in Maharashtra will be benefitted by Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg project.

In addition, 20+ Krushi Samruddhi Kendra (new towns), developed along the Mahamarg at the intersection of the expressway and national or state highways will also be connected.

The total project cost is estimated to be around Rs. 46,000 crores approximately.

The proposed completion date of the project is October 2019.
The Government of Maharashtra has authorized the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) as the agency responsible for implementing and executing the project.
10,000 Ha of land is required for right of way (ROW).
The required land under right of way (ROW) will be procured by any of the method listed below:

1. Land Pooling Scheme (PWD GR - 5th July, 2016)

2. Direct Purchase Scheme (Revenue Dept. GR - 12th May 2015)

3. or any other law inforce in these regard.

Land pooling is to pool small rural land parcels into a large land parcel, provide it with infrastructure in a planned manner and return the reconstituted land to the landowners, after deducting the cost of the provision of infrastructure and public spaces by the sale of part of the serviced land. Provision of infrastructure and services is financed by the sale of some of the plots within the area, often for commercial activities. The original landowners are provided plots within the reshaped area which, although smaller in size, now have access to infrastructure and services.

Land Pooling Scheme

Land Pooling Scheme (PWD GR - 5th July, 2016)

Land pooling has been used in various countries of the world for at least two hundred years now. It has been most successfully used in Japan and Republic of Korea in recent years.

In 1791, land pooling technique was conceptualized by George Washington while pooling chunks of lands to establish the capital city of Washington.

Land pooling was then probably adopted by Holland and Germany in and around 1890s. The method quickly spread across the globe including Europe (Sweden, Finland, France and Belgium); Asia (Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, India and Nepal); Middle East (Israel, Lebanon and Palestine) and Australia.

Land pooling has been successfully used in India, particularly Maharashtra (for the development of Mumbai and Pune cities and Magarpatta in Pune), Gujarat (Ahmedabad city) and now in Andhra Pradesh for the establishment of its capital city of Amaravathi.

In land acquisition, landowners have to give up their land permanently. Whereas, land pooling allows the landowner to retain her ownership on a smaller portion of her land which is now developed with modern amenities and worth more than the total value of her previously held land.

Original resident landowners do not have to move to another village and therefore, their social environment and livelihood does not get affected or gets less affected. Another advantage of choosing land pooling is the possibility to develop new small enterprises of self-employment and wage employment as the area now has access to favourable infrastructure and connectivity.

By participating in land pooling,

  • Landowners have clarity about what they will get after the project is complete.
  • Landowners are certain about the location of the proposed 'returned' plot.
  • Landowners have an assurance in the form of a timeline and in case of default, the provision of fines to be paid to land owners.

The advantage of land pooling is that the project's costs are rapidly recovered by the increment in land values, and thus the Government is able to self-finance the project to a large extent.

Direct Purchase Scheme is the second option to make land available for the 'Maharashra Samruddhi Mahamarg' project. This is an alternative for those who do not wish to participate in the land pooling scheme. Under the scheme, land will be purchased as per the provision in Section 19 J of the Maharashtra Highways (Amendment) Act, 2016, and the compensation is fixed as per government directions, which is at higher rates than Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

Direct Purchase Scheme

Direct Purchase Scheme (Revenue Dept. GR - 12th May 2015)

Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg will benefit landowners, commuters and the business community alike, and will provide a growth impetus to the 24 districts along the Mahamarg.

Landowners will have an opportunity to voluntarily participate in the development process. The Krushi Samruddhi Kendra will bring about well-planned and holistic development in the districts which will benefit the local people. These Kendra will support a wide range of health, education, business, housing and leisure options. They will also provide diverse self and wage employment opportunities to people which will contribute to increase the per capita income.

Commuters will have access to a number of tourist places and improved connectivity to places in the 24 districts. Travel will become safe and fast.

Good quality road connectivity will ensure quick transportation of farm produce and dairy products to major market centres. Businesses will have opportunities to expand their businesses by using the connectivity, modern infrastructure and amenities that will become available in the region.

The expressway will ensure efficient and organized provision of infrastructure and services along the Mahamarg regions and surrounding areas. This project will set a strategic direction for future development in the region. It will provide the much-needed impetus to the overall development of rural areas by attracting domestic and foreign investments.

The development process of this Mahamarg will bring a paradigm shift in the way development projects are planned and implemented.

Project Benefits

Entry and exit at the expressway will be managed and toll will be charged based on the distance travelled.
This Nagpur -Mumbai Mahamarg will be a Greenfield project that will reduce the travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur by one-third. Systematic and planned development along the expressway will open up multiple opportunities of self and wage employment, education for various sections of the society, ultimately bolstering the economy of the region and the state.

Project Benefits

The finalization of alignment of the expressway and Joint Measurement Survey is taking place. Landowners are being contacted to seek their voluntary participation in the land pooling scheme. Detailed Project Reports are being prepared.

Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg

Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg aims at providing an impetus to the overall development of rural areas by attracting domestic and foreign investments.

About Project

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  • Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd
    Napean Sea Road, Priyadarshini Park,
    Mumbai 400 036, Maharashtra, India.
  • 91 22 23685909,
    91 22 26517900,
    Fax: 91 22 26417893.
  • info@msrdc.org