The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and several new road projects would boost Maharashtra’s Economy

Sakshi Agrawal Jul 18, 2022 0

For continuous communication between Mumbai and Bangalore, a new road alignment has been planned. According to the Roads and Highway Minister of Maharashtra, Mr Nitin Gadkari, Maharashtra has the potential to lead states in advancing alternative energy. Its participation will be crucial in transforming India into an economy worth $5 trillion (INR 39,97,02,50,00,00,000).

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According to Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, the Nagpur-Mumbai Samriddhi Mahamarg, the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, and a host of other road projects will spur additional economic growth in Maharashtra. Speaking at the Second Sankalp Se Siddhi – New India, New Resolve Conference, held on 8th July 2022 in Mumbai, hosted by the CII, Shri Gadkari stated that there are excellent infrastructure projects planned to link Mumbai with Delhi, Pune, and Bangalore.

The ambitious Rs 1 lakh crore Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, according to Shri Gadkari, is 70% complete. It will cut the travel time between the national capital and the financial capital to 12 hours. With a project budget of Rs 50,000 crores, he declared, “It is my goal to develop a seamless connection from Nariman Point in Mumbai to Delhi through a network of coastal roads and sea-link up to Vasai-Virar and beyond.” The Union Minister asked Maharashtra’s government to eliminate the state’s sales tax on the steel and cement needed for the project.

Shri Gadkari also provided information on the plans to construct a direct road link between Mumbai and Bangalore using the Mumbai-Pune Expressway’s Westerly Bypass and Pune Ring Road. He stated that the authorities have finalised the plan for the road’s alignment and that work will start soon. The Minister also disclosed that they have developed a new road alignment between Pune and Aurangabad, which will cut the distance between the two cities’ travel times in half to just two hours.

Shri Eknath Shinde, the chief minister of Maharashtra, was also present at the conference. Shri Gadkari requested him to take proactive measures for land acquisition. He recommended that the Maharashtra government plan to construct new townships beside the new roadways close to Pune and Aurangabad, much like Navi Mumbai. According to the Union Minister, the new road layout between Surat, Nashik, Ahmednagar, and Solapur will redirect 50% of northbound traffic headed south. This will significantly reduce air pollution in Thane, Mumbai, and Pune.

Contribution of Maharashtra to India’s $5 trillion economy

Shri Nitin Gadkari emphasised the role of infrastructure in economic growth. He claimed that Maharashtra’s considerable contribution is necessary for India to achieve its goal of being a $5 trillion economy. Maharashtra is the growth engine of the Indian economy. To achieve its goal of becoming a $5 trillion economy, the state will need to make significant contributions to all three sectors – agriculture, industry, and services, he said.

Future use of ethanol as a preferred fuel

Shri Gadkari said, “Sugar industry has contributed to Maharashtra’s prosperity. To address the issue of surplus sugar, we are now promoting ethanol as a fuel, with the same calorific value as petrol.” We are currently marketing ethanol as a fuel with the same calorific value as petrol to address the problem of excess sugar. The Minister claimed that the R&D Centre of Indian Oil Corporation in Faridabad has verified that it is workable to get an average from ethanol that is equivalent to that of petrol.

In the future, Shri Gadkari advised people to adopt ethanol as their fuel of choice, particularly because they will make flex engine vehicles available starting in the next month. He claimed that ethanol, at Rs 64 per litre, would prove to be a very affordable fuel for the average person when compared to petrol, which costs Rs 115 per litre.

The Minister stated that by promoting alternative fuels like ethanol, methanol, biodiesel, bio CNG, bio LNG, and green hydrogen, among others, Maharashtra may become a leader in reducing its dependence on petroleum. Additionally applauding the usage of electric cars for public transportation in Mumbai and Pune, Shri Gadkari proposed looking at introducing trolleybuses, which are efficient for intra-city travel.

According to Shri Gadkari, the goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat must be realised via integrated thought. While increasing industrial investment is vital to boost employment opportunities, he continued, there is also a need to expand agricultural, rural, and tribal investment to end poverty.

The state of Maharashtra is concentrating on developing 15 industrial corridors, according to Chief Minister Shri Eknath Shinde, who has pledged to collaborate with the federal government to develop an environment that is favourable to business.

Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated that the project for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train was the brainchild of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Maharashtra lagged for multiple reasons, while Gujarat moved quickly to build the Bullet train. However, we have adapted since it is more than just a Bullet train; rather, it marks the start of a new era in transportation.

Meenakshi Lekhi, the minister of state for external affairs and culture, stated in her speech that India has made good progress since gaining independence in the social and economic spheres, adding that “economic development forms the platform for achieving well-being for all.” But altering one’s perspective is just as vital, if not more so.

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