South Korea, China and Malaysia are among the countries that are keen to develop the 23 agro-development nodes along the 706-km Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor connecting Nagpur and Mumbai. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that these countries have expressed interest to finance and develop the nodes or the Krishi Samruddhi Kendras, which are estimated to cost Rs 2,500 crore.
The Maharashtra Prosperity Corridor comprises an 8-lane expressway with 23 townships that dot it, which navigate through 354 villages across the 10 districts of the state. “Development of nodes is generating a lot of interest. We are getting many proposals for the node development. Last week Korean Consul General met me and showed keen interest in node development and offered to finance and develop the nodes. The Chinese and the Malaysian governments are also interested in financing and developing them,” said Fadnavis.
According to an official of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, these nodes, which will be constructed on 10,800 hectares of land, will usher in agro-industrial development in the region and it will arrest migration from these areas to cities in the state. “This is an audacious and most ambitious project of creating new towns along the expressway. The townships will be around 1,000 acres, which is the size of new Nashik and new Aurangabad development by CIDCO. It will help in creating job opportunities as it will have commercial activities, industries, shops, agro-processing based activities,” explained Radheshyam Mopalwar, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, MSRDC.