The express way

Interesting Facts

The aim of the Hindu Hrudaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg is to create connectivity to the last mile with best public transport facilities for quick and easy movement of people and goods. The expressway will enable a large population to have easy access to major centers in Maharashtra for a wide range of self-employment and wage employment opportunities, business, trade, education, health care and other necessary services.

  • Engineered as an insignia for pride & prosperity for Maharashtra, the 701km long expressway surfacing between Nagpur and Mumbai will be the longest expressway in Maharashtra.

  • The Nagpur-Mumbai expressway honored as ‘Hindu Hurudaysamarat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg’ will be the fastest expressway in the country with allowed top speed of 150 km/hr which will reduce the travel time between the two cities to eight hours from the current 16-hour.

  • It will be the first E-way in the country with 12.68 lakh trees, 12.87 lakh plants, and 3.27 lakh shrubs planted alongside and in the center on the expressway with geotagging on each tree and drip irrigation facility turning the E-way into an advanced Greenfield expressway. The cost for this green beautification is estimated at around Rs 900 Cr.

  • A farmer's family witnessed the highest ever monetary compensation against land acquisition by receiving a whopping amount of Rs 23.4 Cr directly in the bank account by the state government for ceding 9.5 acres of land for the Samruddhi project.
  • The entire project cost was earlier finalized at Rs 46000 Cr, however, with further developments in construction planning and land pooling the total Samruddhi the project cost was then increased to Rs 55335 Cr making it one of the promising megaprojects in the history of Maharashtra.
  • The Nagpur-Mumbai expressway will ensure zero fatality and will have CCTVs and free telephone booths at every 5 km for case emergency situations.
  • The project records the fastest land acquisition ever done for any infrastructure projects in India. Nearly 8,800 hectares of land were acquired across 10 districts within just 18 months.
  • Out of the 6 tunnels to be constructed en-route the expressway the 7.7-km twin tunnels between Kasara Ghat and Igatpuri will be the longest highway tunnel in Maharashtra.
  • In need at times like emergency, natural disaster, or military operations the expressway shall facilitate fast incident response and or military readiness by temporarily converting the expressway into a runway to land or take off airplanes.
  • Being a densely hilly terrain at several locations, the engineers have to rip through hillocks to make a way for the highway, characterizing it one among the most challenging road construction project in Maharashtra.
  • For the first time in Maharashtra, a single-layer concrete paving machine has been used for the 15-meter width of the road concrete slabs on either side of the highway.
  • Out of the 33 major bridges that are being built along the expressway, five bridges at Nagpur, Wardha, Nasik, Buldhana, and Thane will have theme-based iconic designs. The Wardha Bridge will be designed as ‘Chakra’ representing ‘Make-in-India’ concept and homage to Mahatma Gandhi. The bridge in Buldhana will showcase a bird representing women empowerment, the Nasik bridge will represent ‘Tarpana,’ and the Nagpur bridge is likely to be in the form of a tiger to promote the ‘save the tiger’ movement. However, apart from Wardha, the designs for the four other bridges are still under-consideration.