As part of the proposal to improve road connectivity between major cities in the country, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to develop the Chennai-Surat National Highway corridor.
The four-lane corridor under Bharatmala Pariyojana, a Centrally-sponsored project, is planned to run about 1,461 km passing through Nasik, Ahmednagar, Solapur, Kalaburgi, Kurnool, Kadappa and Tirupathi.
The stretch between Surat and Ahmednagar via Nasik in Gujarat and Maharashtra and Akkalkot-Mahabubnagar section that links Maharashtra with Telangana will have greenfield alignments. The rest of the corridor would be improved widening the existing two-lane roads into four lanes.
Besides creating a third route by road between Chennai and Mumbai, the corridor would cut the distance roughly by 100 to 120 km between these two cities, revealed NHAI officials in response to an RTI query raised by Express.
Presently, trucks from Chennai and other parts of the State take a detour via Karnataka to reach Mumbai.