The Maharashtra government plans to open phase 1 of the Mumbai Nagpur Expressway to be open for traffic in May of this year, according to state Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde. The first phase covers the area between Nagpur and Shirdi (in Ahmednagar district).
Shinde told reporters outside the state legislature building here that the administration plans to extend the expressway, which was originally intended to connect Mumbai and Nagpur, all the way to Gadchiroli.
Such an extension will ensure the “ambitious and gamechanger” expressway connects the state to Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, he added.
“We will generate 250 megawatt solar power along the expressway Some 1,000 farm ponds have also been built along the stretch,” the minister said.