Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has told to complete the work of Narmada Expressway originating from about 17 districts of the state and Atal Progressway being developed in Gwalior-Chambal division on a war footing. Both these projects are far-reaching investments for the industrial development of the state and for creating new employment opportunities and for the development of new urban areas. These projects will give new dimensions to the progress of the state. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was addressing the review meeting of Narmada Expressway and Atal Progressway at Mantralaya. Public Works Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava virtually attended the meeting. Chief Secretary Shri Iqbal Singh Bains, Principal Secretaries Shri Sanjay Shukla and Shri Neeraj Mandloi and other officers were present in the meeting.

Ensure maximum utilization of government land

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the land acquisition process in both the projects should be completed expeditiously. Efforts should be made to ensure maximum utilization of government land in project construction. In private land acquisition, work on the option of giving land in lieu of land on priority basis. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the Gharial Sanctuary should be kept safe in the construction of Atal Progressway. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that he will interact with the concerned ministers at Government of India level to complete both the projects at the earliest.

Industrial potential of Gwalior-Chambal is increasing due to conditions being created in North India

Atal Progressway will pass through Bhind, Morena and Sheopur districts. This area is located between Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, East-West Corridor and Agra-Kanpur Highway. Taking its geographical location into consideration, this area can be developed as an excellent industrial area. The industrial potential of this area is increasing as a result of the circumstances being created in Delhi and adjoining states. Plans are afoot for development of a Logistics Hub in Bhind, multi product industrial area in Morena and encouraging agriculture based activities in Sheopur.

Atal Progressway will be built at a cost of Rs 6 thousand 742 crore

The estimated cost of Atal Progressway is Rs 6 thousand 742 crore. This 312 km road will pass through 153 villages of Sheopur, Bhind and Morena. There is need for 3 thousand 55 hectare land for this project. Construction of 7 bridges and two ROBs are proposed under this project.

Narmada Expressway will prove to be the horizontal industrial backbone of the state

The Narmada Expressway will connect the state on the NH-45E Bilaspur-Raipur-Visakhapatnam route in the eastern border and Gujarat in the west. An estimated cost of Rs 2 thousand 696 crore is estimated for the construction of this one thousand kilometer long road. Narmada Expressway will create new opportunities for industrialization by connecting eastern Madhya Pradesh with industrially advanced western Madhya Pradesh. This will prove to be the horizontal industrial backbone of the state. About 70 percent of the present industrial ecosystem of the state is located in this belt. Narmada Expressway is being developed by integrating district routes, state routes and national highways of different districts of the state. Itarsi and Kiratpur will be developed as logistics and warehouse hubs in the Narmada Expressway area. Work is underway to develop a world-class park focused on pharma and multi-products at Mohasa-Babai.

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