Here we will explore the exciting development of the Surat-Chennai Expressway, The Surat-Chennai Expressway is a major infrastructure project in India. This expressway will boost connectivity between Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. Let’s dive in and learn more about this ambitious project!
About Surat-Chennai Expressway
- Length: 1271 kms
- Cost: Rs. 35000 crores
- Lanes: 6 (Expandable)
- Starting Point: Surat
- Ending Point: Chennai
- Completion Year: Dec 2025
The Surat-Chennai Expressway is a greenfield expressway project under the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). It will be an access-controlled expressway, thus it is designed to provide seamless and uninterrupted travel for commuters. The length of the expressway will be 1271 kilometers, making it the second-longest expressway in India after the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, which has a length of 1350 kilometers.
Surat-Chennai Expressway Route Map
The expressway will pass through Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. The Chennai Surat Expressway will cross the major cities of Tirupati, Cuddapah, Kurnool, Kalaburagi, Solapur, Ahmednagar and Nashik.
The project connects two partially access-controlled economic corridors: Solapur to Surat and Surat to Chennai. Chennai Surat Expressway constitutes two different types of greenfield and brownfield projects.
The stretch between Surat and Ahmednagar passing through Nashik and the stretch from Akkalkot to Kurnool, which connects Maharashtra to Karnataka to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, will be the greenfield part of the expressway.
The Surat-Chennai Expressway will boost connectivity between western and southern India, benefiting multiple states along its route. Let’s explore the key connectivity and benefits of this project:
1. Surat-Solapur Economic Corridor
The first section of the Surat Chennai Expressway will be the Surat-Solapur Economic Corridor, spanning 564 kilometers. This corridor will connect Gujarat and Maharashtra, passing through Nashik, Ahmednagar, Solapur, Kalaburagi, and Raichur. It will significantly improve connectivity and boost economic development in these regions.
2. Solapur-Chennai Economic Corridor
The second section of the expressway will be the Solapur-Chennai Economic Corridor, stretching 707 kilometers. This corridor will connect Solapur in Maharashtra to Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu. It will facilitate efficient transportation between the two states, boost economic growth and trade.
Greenfield and Brownfield Projects
The Surat-Chennai Expressway consists of both greenfield and brownfield projects. The greenfield sections are entirely new stretches of highway, while the brownfield sections involve the upgrade and expansion of existing highways. Let’s take a closer look at these sections:
1. Greenfield Projects
The greenfield projects include the Surat-Solapur Economic Corridor and the Kalaburagi-Raichur section of the Solapur-Chennai Economic Corridor. These sections will be constructed from scratch to ensure optimal design and connectivity. The Surat-Solapur Economic Corridor spans 290.7 kilometers, while the Kalaburagi-Raichur section covers 280.1 kilometers.
2. Brownfield Projects
The brownfield projects involve the upgrade and expansion of existing highways. This includes certain sections of the expressway in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh. The total length of these brownfield sections is yet to be finalized but is expected to significantly contribute to the overall length of the expressway.
Benefits of Expressway
- The new highway will connect North and South India faster and safely. This will reduce travel time and distance and avoid congested roads in Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai and Hyderabad. This route will reduce the travel time from 35 hours and 1,570 km to 28 hours and 1,271 km.
- The construction of expressways connecting North and South India will greatly improve transportation of goods and people. This will increase exports and reduce import dependence. This will also boost economic development and industrial activities.
- Trees will be planted along the expressway to save the environment.
- Promoting tourism in Western Andhra Pradesh, Central Maharashtra, Karnataka and Western Ghats will boost local economies.
- The expressway will boost industrial activities to generate employment, boost agricultural and industrial initiatives and boost socio-economic development.
Current Status and Future Plans
The Surat-Chennai Expressway is currently under construction, with various sections at different stages of development. The foundation stone for the project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 2, 2021. The first section, from Kalaburagi to Andola Village, spans 70.1 kilometers and is being constructed by PNC Infratech. The second section, from Yadgir to Baswantapur Village, covers 65.5 kilometers and is being built by Dilip Buildcon. The remaining 40.5 kilometers of the second section will be constructed in the near future.
Further sections of the expressway are planned in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. Once completed, the expressway will provide seamless connectivity between Chennai Port and various regions in these states. It will also facilitate better connectivity with the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, the Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg, the Vijayawada-Bengaluru Expressway, and the Bengaluru-Chennai Expressway.
The Surat-Chennai Expressway is a visionary project that aims to enhance connectivity and boost economic development in western and southern India. With its greenfield and brownfield projects, it will provide a seamless travel experience for commuters and open up new opportunities for trade and commerce. Once completed, this expressway will significantly reduce travel time and improve connectivity between major cities, benefiting multiple states along its route.