Media Coverage | 21-02-2023
Soon 84 km state highway to be made four-lane
To ensure prosperity in Yavatmal and Amravati districts, they will soon get direct connectivity to Samruddhi expressway. Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation has decided to 4-lane about 84 km of stretch of state highway. Detailed project report (DPR) will be prepared for this purpose. The four-lane road will accelerate transportation of agricultural goods and farmers will be to send their produce farther to earn better returns.
The first phase of ambitious Samruddhi Expressway from Nagpur to Shirdi was opened in December. It passes through 391 villages in 26 talukas of ten districts. The highway will increase economic activity and create employment opportunities in these areas.
There has been a demand to connect other districts including Yavatmal in Vidarbha with Samruddhi so that backward districts can benefit. Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced Samruddhi expressway would be extended to Gondia. If that happens, the distance between Nagpur and Gondia will be just one hour. The DeputyCM had also assured eventually Gadchiroli and Chandrapur will also be connected. Chandrapur, Nagpur and Wardha logistics corridors will be created. It is expected paddy growers and exporters will benefit.
The state highway no 14 has a stretch beginning from Lohara in Yavatmal district to Badnera in Amravati district which intersects the Samruddhi expressway.
The distance from Samruddhi to Yavatmal is about 47.90 km and to Badnera 36.40 km. This 84.30 km major state highway will be four-laned road.
Samruddhi expressway is sure to put Vidarbha on the path of development and speed up its growth. It has long been my stand that it should benefit the backward districts of Vidarbha. Accordingly, in the Lokmat Infra Conclave held in Mumbai on Dec 8, 2021, for the first time, I had requested the then Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde to extend Samruddhi to Gondia-Gadchiroli and also to provide direct connectivity to Yavatmal. After that, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were constantly following up on this demand raised by me. The four-laning of the road will now be undertaken to provide connectivity to the Yavatmal and Amravati districts. This decision will benefit the agriculture and other industrial businesses in both districts. I will also personally follow up on completion of this work.
– Vijay Darda, Chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media and former member of the Rajya Sabha
The MSRDC board met in Nagpur recently. It is proposed to transform the 84.30 km stretch of main state high highway to four lanes. Accordingly, detailed project report (DPR) of the said work will be prepared. Information has been sought from Executive Engineers of Yavatmal and Amravati on whether the said length is included in any earlier schemes.
– Sangeeta Jaiswal, project director, MSRDC
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