On December 11, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will open the first phase of the 701-km Hindu Hrudayasamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg.
The Samruddhi corridor, commonly known as the expressway, was constructed with a project budget of 55,335 crores and passes through 392 villages in 10 districts. The Expressway will have direct connections to the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Navi Mumbai, enabling quick transit of commodities, agricultural products, and other resources from Maharashtra to markets throughout the nation and internationally as well.
The Samruddhi corridor, which will have the most widespread “Greenfield” route orientation in the nation with more than 11 lakh trees on both sides, is believed to have a direct influence on 36% of the State’s population. It travels across three wildlife sanctuaries: the Tansa wildlife sanctuary, the Katepurna wildlife sanctuary, and the KaranjaSohol Black Buck sanctuary.
Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation said that before beginning the civil work, all environmental, forestry, and animal clearances were completed, many steps have been designed and put in place, and appropriate infrastructure has been created for the smooth passage of wildlife.