Thanks to another wave of coronavirus that has badly hit Marathwada and Vidarbha regions taking away a major chunk of workers who were burning midnight oil to make ready Nagpur-Shirdi stretch (via Aurangabad) by April 30.
There are over 34,000 labourers working on the entire 701 km long project of whom a larger proportion are working on this 520 km stretch that was proposed to be opened for traffic from May 1.
Commenting on the development MSRDC vice chairman and managing director Radheshyam Mopalwar said, “We are continuously reviewing the situation on all the 16 construction packages that were in full swing till recently. We will rework our schedule taking into account the impact of the second wave on the speed of the work.”
“Owing to delay in commissioning safety and security features such as ambulances, quick response teams, petrol and electric charging pumps, CCTVS, toll booths etc., the work was to delay by a month or two at Ahmednagar, Aurangabad East, Buldhana West, Washim West and Nagpur west. However, the second corona wave has multiplied the delay further,” revealed senior MSRDC officials.
“While labourers are continuously leaving the site following reports of spread of the Covid-19, the raw material supplies to various sites have also impacted as the places such as Nagpur, Nashik, Jalna and Aurangabad have emerged as hot-spots. Most labours engaged on multiple construction sites are from various neighbouring states whose exodus has begun since the Holi festival. The
widespread cases have affected the overall enthusiasm and pace of the construction work, officials pointed out.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is the nodal state agency that is imolementing the Rs 55000 cr project named after Sena supremo late balasaheb thackeray. “Raw material supply has been badly affected in Wardha near Nagpur,” they added.
The Super Communication Expressway, also known as prosperity corridor, will introduce an Integrated Traffic Management System along the expressway to monitor the speed of vehicles, keep a watch on lane cutting and other roadside emergencies. The express way is designed for speeds up to 150 km/h on flat terrain. It will connect 10 districts, 26 talukas and 392 villages.
The expressway will cut down the travel time between Nagpur and Mumbai from present 16 to eight hours. Around 19 new towns (Krushi Samruddhi Kendra) will be set up along the corridor.