The centre and the state have worked out details of Rs 2 lakh crore road project plans to link Maharashtra in the next four years. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis discussed road projects along with timelines for execution.
Of these, road works worth Rs 1 lakh crore have already begun across the state.
Apart from taking forward pending projects like four laning of Mumbai-Goa National Highway, Nagpur-Mumbai Superexpress Highway, and Mumbai-Solapur expansion the centre is willing to raise Rs 2 lakh crore for mega road projects in four years.
Gadkari, the Union Minister for Surface Transport, National Highways and Shipping, said, “We have given consent for new road projects cum repairs worth Rs 2 lakh crore in Maharashtra.”
The project in phases will require the state to complete land acquisition and other aspects to pave the way for expediting the central projects.
Fadnavis had already provided a list of state projects to be accorded the highest priority by the centre.
The chief minister conveyed that in the first phase, apart from completing pending or incomplete projects, stress would be on minimising travel time across East-West-North-South corridors.
He said, “ Today, work worth Rs 1 lakh crore has already begun across the state.”
Linking road projects to industrial development, the chief minister detailed the sectors where economic activities would flourish, and require highly upgraded infrastructure complete with roadways for efficient connectivity.
At present, the projects on agenda would mandate land acquisition across 102 villages. Fadnavis revealed, “The process of land acquisition has been completed in 99 villages out of total 102 villages.”
The state, which has given highest compensation package for project affected, is finding things moving at a fast pace.
At a time when the centre has failed to get the controversial land acquisition bill passed, Maharashtra government moved ahead with a compensation package through new policy reforms.
It is almost five times more than what was awarded by the centre. It also paved the way for direct negotiation between farmers /individuals and private buyers to facilitate higher compensation for the project affected.
The state has already set a benchmark that would make it compulsory for private players to pay more while acquiring land for the projects.
The Rs 3,570 crore Mumbai-Goa National Highway work is under way.
Both Gadkari and Fadnavis believe it would now become a reality and no longer remain on paper as was in the last 15 years.
Gadkari also gave the nod for Rs 20,000 crore road projects in coastal Konkan.