Beginning of the project survey
Mumbai: Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has undertaken the Mumbai-Sindhudurg Green Field Konkan Expressway project. MSRDC aims to start the actual work of the project in the next two years by preparing the DPR of the project as well as the survey work. If this project is introduced in the transport service, Mumbaikars will be able to reach Sindhudurg directly from Worli elevated road in just three and a half hours.
At present, drivers and passengers have to work hard to reach Konkan from Mumbai. The journey is further hampered by delays in the Mumbai-Goa highway. At such a time, this Konkan Expressway, which will be built in the future, will make the journey from Mumbai to Sindhudurg easier. The work has been started with the approval of the state government to prepare the outline of the project. Radheshyam Mopalwar, Managing Director, MSRDC, said that the project would be completed within a year and the actual work would start in the next two years with financial, administrative approval and all other permissions. MSRDC plans to complete the work in four to five years from the commencement of work and the expressway is expected to be launched in 2027-28.
The Konkan Expressway will start from Chirale village in Nhavasheva. This expressway will start from where the Shivdi-Nhavasheva sea route ends. Therefore, it will be possible to reach Sindhudurg directly from Worli elevated road in just three and a half hours, said a senior official of MSRDC. From Chirale, this route will pass through National Highway 17 and Mumbai-Sindhudurg Konkan Sea Route. The Konkan Sea Highway is not direct and bridges are closed in many places. Therefore, the work of the maritime Konkan route will also be done by MSRDC and in the future about 540 km of sea route will be available to reach the Konkan, the official clarified.
The master plan of ‘Green Field Expressway’ is being carried out by three contractors in four packages. For this, a survey will also be conducted through drones. Only after the completion of this study will the exact length of the road, how much it will cost, and how much land will have to be acquired. However, the project will be about 400 km long, costing about Rs 70,000 crore, while it is estimated that about 4,000 hectares of land will need to be acquired.
The purpose of tourism development
The 701 km Mumbai-Nagpur Samrudhi Highway has been undertaken for the purpose of industrial development with fast travel, while now the 400 km Green Field Expressway from Mumbai to Sindhudurg has been undertaken for tourism development. This route will be a great help in boosting tourism in Konkan in future. – Radheshyam Mopalwar, Managing Director, MSRDC