Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has received pre-qualification applications from 33 companies for constructing the proposed Nagpur Mumbai Super Communication Expressway (NMSCE). Of these 33 companies, 17 are sole applicants while rest are joint ventures. The applications were invited by MSRDC in January 2017.
In all 21 Indian companies have submitted the applications. Four companies from China, 2 from Russia, 2 from Turkey and 1 each from Italy, Kuwait, Korea and Singapore are also in the fray. MSRDC has divided construction of the 700-km expressway, called as Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg, into 16 packages for efficiency.
The Indian companies that have shown interest in the project include Hindustan Construction Company, Larsen & Toubro, Reliance Infrastructure, Gammon India, Ashoka Buildcon, Gayatri Projects, Simplex Infrastructure etc.
MSRDC has decided to commence the construction of Expressway from October 1, 2017 and complete it by October 2019.
The Rs 46,000 crore project will connect 10 districts, 26 talukas and 392 villages. It will help state prosper through a holistic process that integrates road connectivity with sustainable rural development through agri-business ecosystem and multidimensional sub-projects.
This process, in turn, will help generate employment, fuel growth in agriculture and related activities, promote eco-tourism, lay foundation for robust infrastructure and contain rural migration for overall development of the state.
The Greenfield project will have access control while its design and alignment is prepared as per International Road Congress (IRC) standards. Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg will not only connect Nagpur and Mumbai, but also reduce current travel time of 18 hours between the two cities to half.