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Petition Seeks Closure of Samruddhi Mahamarg for Safety Reasons; State Government Served Notice

In a recent development that has captured the attention of the public, a petition has been filed urging the temporary closure of the Samruddhi Mahamarg, a prominent infrastructure project connecting major cities in Maharashtra, India. It is based on concerns related to safety and has led to legal action, as the state government finds itself served with a notice to address these pressing issues.

The Samruddhi Mahamarg Project

The Samruddhi Mahamarg, also known as the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway, is a transformative infrastructure project intended to provide a high-speed road link between the cities of Nagpur and Mumbai. The first phase of the highway, which connects Nagpur to Shirdi, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 11, 2022, which is 520 km. The second phase of the highway, covering 80 km from Shirdi to Igatpuri, was inaugurated on May 26, 2023, by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The final phase of the project, connecting Igatpuri to Amne village near Bhiwandi, is expected to be completed by December.  This ambitious project was designed to bolster connectivity, facilitate faster transportation, and stimulate economic growth in the region. However, recent events have sparked public concern and raised questions about the project’s safety measures.

On Thursday, a PIL was submitted to the Bombay High Court Nagpur Bench by Anil Wadpalliwar. A division bench consisting of Atul Chandrakar and Vrushali Joshi has issued notices to the top officials of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the principal secretaries of the state, road transport and highway departments, the national and state public department, and other concerned parties to file their responses within four weeks.

According to the data released by the State Highway Police. The statistics from December 11, 2022, to April 30, 2023, present a stark reality of road safety challenges. Over this period, a total of 358 accidents were reported, resulting in 11  deaths attributed to overspeeding and 39 overall fatalities. Alarmingly, 9 deaths were linked to tire bursts and an equal number to road hypnosis, highlighting the need to address both mechanical and psychological factors. The statistics also show that 143 individuals sustained serious injuries while 236 suffered minor injuries. Additionally, a few days ago, a private bus met with a terrible accident on the Nagpur-Mumbai Samriddhi highway. As many as 26 passengers died in the crash. Overall till now, 39 fatal accidents in which 88 people have died.  These numbers reinforce the pressing need for a comprehensive approach to road safety. However After that, a petition has been filed in the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court due to the incidents of accidents happening continuously on the Samriddhi highway.

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