New Delhi: With the first phase of the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway in Maharashtra — the country’s longest Greenfield road project — all set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, BJP leaders took to Twitter to congratulate Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for this achievement while sharing a picture of the completed highway.
Several leaders, including Delhi BJP spokesperson Yaser Jilani, former Uttar Pradesh MLA Ravindra Nath Tripathi among others, shared an aerial shot of the construction while noting that the foundation of the 701-meter-long expressway was set during the Fadnavis government’s term.
विकास का एक्सप्रेसवे…. @Dev_Fadnavis जी की सरकार ने जिस प्रोजेक्ट को किया शुरू वो अब पूरा हो चुका है pic.twitter.com/2CwNkXPzR3
— Ravindra Nath Tripathi🇮🇳 (@Ravindranathbjp) December 6, 2022
BJP politicians Avadesh Singh and Sanjay Rai also tweeted the poster which features the Maharashtra Deputy CM while stating that the project had begun under his tenure as chief minister of the state. Fadnavis had led the BJP-Shiv Sena government from 2014- 2019. At the time, Eknath Shinde, the current Maharashtra Chief Minister, was also heading the state’s Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the agency behind the project.
Ram Feran Pandey, Delhi BJP spokesperson, also shared the poster which has over 300 likes and roughly the same number of reshares.
A local newspaper Nagpur Today also used the same image on their website for their report on the expressway.
However, the image which is being used as the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway is a stock image of a highway from Thailand’s capital, Bangkok.
The Samruddhi Mahamarg is 701 km long and its first phase stretches between Nagpur and Shirdi (520 km). PM Modi is set to open this phase to the public from 11 December. For the Vidarbha region, the expressway is expected to will be a game-changer, connecting Nagpur to Mumbai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port, in under eight hours.
(In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer)