Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis believes the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Expressway, to be constructed at a cost of Rs 30,000 crore, would be a gamechanger and boost agro-economic growth in Vidarbha, Marathwada and parts of North Maharashtra.
At a review meeting, he discussed plans with top officials of the centre and the state. The six-lane project has been rolled out and the deadline for completion is early 2018-2019.
The government has issued orders for acquisition of land for the project.
The project was conceptualised after it came to notice that majority of investors keen on making backward regions their destination complained of poor communication. Apart from lower power tariff, all the 85 big investors who held meetings with the chief minister elicited a promise of better communication and infrastructure.
According to Fadnavis, the Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway cannot be dismissed as just another six-lane road. Apart from emphasis on bringing travel time down from 16 hour to 8 hours, there will be impetus on cottage industries.
The wholistic development is to address farmers suicides. The industrial saturation in Mumbai-Pune has set the pitch for investors to look for an alternative destination in Nagpur. Fadnavis is talking with investors to make greater investments in agriculture and textiles.
The nine textile districts in Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra are primarily to cater to cotton farmers. The road, which would pass through Nagpur, Amravati, Nashik, Aurangabad and Mumbai, is expected to boost agro and related hubs.
Citing an example, Fadnavis said, “Amravati is set to become the biggest textile hub of India. The textile parks complete with processing and spinning units would provide a forum for all cotton farmers to park their produce and fetch higher dividends.”
The decision to promote garment industries from home spun yarn is expected to work economically for investors and ensure dividends to farmers.
All distressed districts across Vidarbha — Yavatmal, Buldhana, Akola, Amravati — are being connected with this project.
Infrastructure related to hospitality such as hotels, inns, food courts and entertainment centres have been earmarked to generate income and employment for locals. Acknowledging that the project would require massive funds, the centre-state is determined to push public-private-partnership for the entire model. The biggest drawback in Vidarbha is failure to make industries a success.
The development of 100 acres of land for orange processing unit and installation of another centre at on the outskirts of Nagpur, is aimed at catering to orange farmers in Vidarbha.