The Maharashtra government on Thursday decided to bring about an amendment in the Maharashtra State Highway Bill to incorporate the land pooling model for its ambitious Nagpur-Mumbai Supercommunication Expressway. The CM is keen on pushing the work for the 710-km stretch, which has been named as Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg.
Apart from reducing the travel time between Nagpur-Mumbai from 16 hours to eight hours, the project is being evolved to develop 22 districts including the drought-hit region.
The design includes 24 townships along the stretch for which Rs 12,000 crore will be provided. The project also aims to bring agro-industrial development along these nodes.
The draft highlights development of agro-industries related infrastructure, ITI centres and markets. The chief minister has indicated that the project will begin from October-November 2016.
Last month, Fadnavis held interactions with all political parties to explain the project which would require acquisition of 20,000 hectares of land. However, only eight per cent of the land is irrigated and the rest is non-irrigated and barren.
Among the districts through which the project will pass are Nagpur, Wardha, Buldhana, Amravati, Thane, Washim, Mumbai, Bhiwandi, Aurangabad and Akola, including 27 talukas and 350 villages.
In the land pooling model, farmers and landowners voluntarily sign ownership rights with a government authority or single agency, which has the responsibility to develop the land.