The work on the 268-km long expressway between Pune and Aurangabad will be starting soon because of which the travel time between Pune- Nagpur will be covered in 6 hours stated Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari.
The Rs 10,000 crore expressway between Pune and Aurangabad will help in covering the distance from Pune to Nagpur in just 6, hours which currently takes around 16 hours because the route will be connected to the recently inaugurated Samruddhi Expressway between Mumbai and Nagpur. The existing route between Nagpur and Pune passes through local traffic.
“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we are building a highway from Aurangabad to Pune, and soon its work will start, so that we can reach Pune from Nagpur in just 6 hours. We are also building 6 express highways in Maharashtra,” Gadkari said in Nagpur.
The access-controlled highway will start from the Pune-Bengaluru highway intersection with Pune’s proposed ring road and will connect to the Samruddhi Expressway at Aurangabad. The proposed alignment has a length of 268 km, which includes a ring road around Pune city covering 39 km, and a 20 km spur (12 km to Ranjangaon and 8 km to Bidkin-Shendra), according to reports.
The Pune-Aurangabad expressway will pass through Pune, Ahmednagar, Beed, and Aurangabad districts before joining the Samruddhi expressway corridor in Aurangabad.
As part of infrastructure-led development, the state government has planned to connect all 36 districts of Maharashtra, over the next two decades, through 5,000 km of access control expressways.