In capital investment in infrastructure, Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the Technical and Financial Feasibility Report of 760 km long Nagpur-Goa Expressway (Maharashtra Shaktipeeth Highway) from Paonar in Wardha district to Patradevi in Sindhudurg district was ‘being prepared’.
The proposed expressway to be built with an expected expenditure of a whopping Rs 86,300 crore. It will connect Mahur, Tuljapur, Kolhapur, Ambejogai ‘Shaktipeeth’ (holy places of deities), two ‘Jyotirlinga’ at Aundha Nagnath and Parli Vaijnath, Takht
Sachkhand Shrihajur Sahib Gurdwara at Nanded, Vitthal Rukhmai Temple at Pandharpur, Karanja Lad, Akkalkot, Gangapur, Narsobachi Wadi, Audumbar.
The proposed expressway will pass
through six districts namely Hingoli,
Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Latur, and
Dharashiv and provide a strong support to the economy of Marathwada. Also, it will provide a big boost to development of Wardha and Yavatmal districts of Vidarbha, Solapur, Sangli, Kolhapur, Sindhudurg districts in other parts of Maharashtra.
In his speech, Devendra Fadnavis also informed the State Legislature that 88 per cent of the work of Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg was completed. Of this, the Nagpur-Shirdi phase was inaugurated at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2022.
Over 10 lakh vehicles have used Samruddhi Mahamarg by February 2023. This expressway is proposed to be expand- ed and a four-lane highway will be constructed from Sindkhedraja node to Shegaon.