One of the first things we look at while preparing for an exciting road trip is the travel time. The complete itinerary of a trip is determined by the number of hours spent driving. However, travelers from Nagpur to Pune have good news! People will soon be able to complete a 14-hour journey in just 8 hours.
The Union Minister for Roads and Road Transport said on Sunday that this would be possible with the construction of a new expressway connecting Pune to the 701-kilometer Hinduhriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Samruddhi Mahamarg.
The minister wrote on Twitter that the Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Mahamarg will be connected to the recently proposed Pune-Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar (Aurangabad) Access Control Green Expressway close to Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar (Aurangabad), taking into account how hard it is for people to get from Nagpur to Pune right now.
The planned route is 268 km long, including the proposed 39 km ring road around Pune City. The Pune-Bangalore Highway (intersection with the Pune Proposed Ring Road) is where the proposed alignment begins, while the Samruddhi Expressway ends (Nagpur–Mumbai Expressway). This alignment includes the districts of Pune, Ahmednagar, Beed, and Aurangabad. The highway will have eight lanes with a maximum speed limit of 120 km/h.
All private buses, tour companies, and automobiles use this route to traverse the 800-kilometer distance between Pune and Nagpur. However, due to the absence of an elevated highway, poor roads, and several towns, it takes around 16 hours to complete the trip by road.
This road will be constructed by NHAI using a completely different route. Through Samruddhi Mahamarg, it would take about 2.5 hours to get from Pune to Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar (Aurangabad). It would take about 5.5 hours to get from Nagpur to Chatrapati Sambhaji Nagar (Aurangabad) through Samruddhi Mahamarg.
Gadkari appealed for investments from the Tata Group in Nagpur on October 29. He cited infrastructure, land, and connectivity as his reasons. Gadkari wrote to the Chairman of Tata Sons, N Chandrasekaran, on October 7 to suggest that the company's steel, auto, consumer goods, IT, and aviation businesses might invest in Nagpur.
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