New Delhi: With the approval of Cabinet ministers including those from the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde has approved to rename Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi expressway after Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, stated a report.

Although a proposal to rename the expressway has been deliberated and agreed upon by all the cabinet members, a formal decision is yet to be made, noted NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal following a cabinet meeting in Mumbai.

It must be noted that the Rs 46,000-crore expressway project was flagged off by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Maharashtra. Currently, the government in Maharashtra is run by three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi government headed by Shiv Sena with the Congress and NCP as other main partners.

Here’s All You Need to Know About Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway:

1) The Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway is also known as Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg.

2) This under-construction expressway measures up to 701 km in length. The eight-lane corridor was constructed to connects the two key capital cities of Maharashtra namely Mumbai and Nagpur. It must be noted that Nagpur which is located in the eastern part of the state is Maharashtra’s second capital and the biggest city in the Vidarbha region.

3) The project was the flagged off when Devendra Fadnavis led the Maharashtra government in which Shiv Sena was an ally.

4) The expressway will run through 10 districts, 26 tehsils and 390 villages of Maharashtra.

5) The expressway is likely to cut down the travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur from 15-16 hours to just 8 hours.

6) The estimated cost of the project is Rs 46,000 crore.

7) The project requires the acquisition of 8,603 hectares of land.