NASHIK: After the Samruddhi Highway, the Surat-Chennai Greenfield Highway will pass through Nashik district as per the concept of ‘Greenfield Highway’ under Bharatmala which boosts the transport infrastructure of Nashik. About 996 hectares of land will be acquired for this highway passing through 609 villages in the district.
The distance between Nashik and Surat is only 176 kilometers. Therefore, Nashik residents can reach Surat city in just two hours. It is planned to complete the land acquisition process by 2022 and open this highway in 2024. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had announced at a function in Mumbai that a multi-model logistics park would be set up in Nashik. Nashik Municipal Corporation administration had promised to help with this scheme.
Against this backdrop, the Municipal Corporation has agreed to set up a logistics park on a total area of 63 acres, 50 and 13 acres, respectively, in Adgaon Shivar, which is expected to come into shape soon. The proposal to set up a logistics park was approved by the General Assembly.
The logistics park proposal was submitted to the central government for a grant. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who is on a visit to Nashik, while expressing his love for Nashik in a program, had appealed to maintain a balance between economics and ecology in city development. Finally, Gadkari announced in Mumbai that he would set up a multi-modal logistics park in Nashik.
Apart from Nashik, the park will be set up in Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, and Dighi Bandh. As the city expands, so do the traffic problems. Gadkari had promised to provide funds for the logistics park if the municipal corporation buys land in the city area of this 122 km highway and sends a proposal to the Ministry of Road Development as the Surat-Chennai Greenfield route runs from Nashik. It is learned that the proposal has finally got the green signal
Status of Greenfield Highway in Nashik District
A company has been assigned the task of surveying the road. The Greenfield project is planned to acquire land in a year and a half and to operate the highway in the next three years after the acquisition. The distance for this greenfield highway in Nashik district will be 122 kilometers. It will have to acquire 997 hectares of land. The route passing through Surgana, Peth, Dindori, Nashik, Niphad, and Sinnar will cover 69 villages in the district. Most of 23 villages in Dindori will be included in this route.
The Surat-Chennai Greenfield Highway will cross the Samrudhi Express at Wavi in Sinnar. The construction centers of the project will be in Nashik, Nagar, and Solapur districts of the state. The proposed highway will connect Surat, Nagar, Solapur, Hyderabad, Chennai, and other industrially important cities.