First Phase Of Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway Upto Shirdi To Be Open To Public From 1 May 2021Expressway - representative image (Rohit Patwardhan/Flickr)

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackarey reviewed the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway at Shivni-Rasalpur in Nandgaon-Khandeshwar taluka of Amravati district along with state PWD minister Eknath Shinde, other ministers and senior officials.

The eight-lane, 704-km long expressway crosses through 10 districts and is set to cut the travelling time from Mumbai to Nagpur to eight hours from 18 hours. Following his inspection, Thackarey has declared that the first phase of this project will be open for public from 1 May 2021 onward.

“The Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Samruddhi Expressway will be the best in the country and in the next six months, the road up to Shirdi will be open to traffic. Maharashtra will be proud of the expressway. The first phase from Nagpur to Shirdi will be thrown open to public on May 1, 2021 and the entire project up to Mumbai will be completed in a year's time,” the Chief Minister was quoted by Economic Times.

Thackarey further claimed that the work on the project continued during the Covid-19 lockdown, which paved the way for its timely completion. The Shivsena leader travelled 6 km in Amravati to examine the quality and speed of the expressway.

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