Post the Maharashtra cabinet meeting, which was held in Mumbai on Wednesday, Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde confirmed that Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway also known as Samruddhi Mahamarg would be named after Shiv Sena supremo and founder late Bal Thackeray.
He also assured that the proposal of renaming the expressway has the approval of all the ministers in the cabinet from NCP and Congress. However, NCP minister Chhagan Bhujbal told the reporters that the proposal although was discussed in the meeting and got the approval of all the ministers, a final decision was yet to be taken.
The expressway, which was conceived by former BJP Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, is an under construction project of worth Rs 46,000 crore. It will run through 10 cities, 26 tehsils and 390 villages. The eight-lane corridor, which is 701km long, is expected to reduce travel time between the two main capitals of the state – Mumbai and Nagpur by eight hours.