Raipur Seoni Expressway (Lakhnadon Raipur Expressway) Project Information and Updates

Project Official Name: Development of Expressways, Economic and Inter Corridors under Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-II (Lot11), Package –I, Lakhnadon to Raipur

Raipur Seoni Expressway (Lakhnadon Raipur Expressway) Route Map
Raipur Seoni Expressway (Lakhnadon Raipur Expressway) Proposed route

The proposed Raipur Seoni Expressway (Lakhnadon Raipur Expressway) project is a greenfield expressway in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, connecting Lakhnadon in Seoni District, Madhya Pradesh to near Raipur in Raipur District, Chhattisgarh. The project aims to develop expressways, economic corridors, and inter corridors as part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-II.

Key details of Raipur Seoni Expressway are as follows:

Project Length 310.00 km
Project cost (cr.) INR 19500 Cr
Project Type Expressway with fully access control (Green Field)
Estimated Project Cost Approximately Rs. 19,500 crore
Start Point Lakhnadon, Seoni District, Madhya Pradesh
End Point Near Raipur, Raipur District, Chhattisgarh
RoW 70 m in non-Forest and 60 in forest
Current Status DPR Preparation
Project Model Not Specified Yet

Madhya Pradesh, known as the heart of India, is the second-largest state by area and the fifth-largest state by population in India. It shares borders with Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. Bhopal is the capital city, while Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Gwalior, Santa, and Guna are other major cities. The state has a significant economy, ranking 10th in India with a GSDP of Rs. 9.11 trillion.

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Chhattisgarh, a landlocked state in Central India, is the ninth-largest state by area and has a population of around 30 million. It shares borders with Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Odisha, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh. Raipur is the capital city. Chhattisgarh is a resource-rich state, with significant coal reserves and extensive forest cover.

The proposed expressway is expected to contribute to the development and connectivity of these regions. The project falls under seismic zone II, categorized as a least active zone.

Route Map of Raipur Seoni Expressway :

The Lakhnadon to Raipur expressway will provide connectivity between various important places including Balaghat, Seoni, Khairagarh, Dhamdha, Durg, and Raipur. It aims to establish a seamless transportation link between these locations.

 Interactive Map of Raipur Seoni Expressway ( Lakhnadon Raipur Expressway ) Proposed Route

Merits of Raipur Seoni Expressway:

  1. Zero Ghat Section: The proposed expressway alignment does not include any ghat section, which are steep and winding roads commonly found in hilly terrains. This absence of ghat sections will facilitate smoother and more efficient travel along the route.
  2. Reduced Travel Time: The expressway is expected to significantly reduce travel time by approximately 2.5 to 3.5 hours compared to alternative routes. This time-saving advantage will benefit commuters and enhance transportation efficiency.
  3. Forest Section and Tiger Corridor: The expressway’s alignment has been planned to minimize the impact on forests and wildlife. It avoids passing through wildlife sanctuaries and eco-sensitive zones. Instead, it passes through land under Reserved Forest (RF) and Protected Forest (PF) categories while ensuring the conservation of tiger corridors. The crossing of tiger corridors will be facilitated through tunnel sections, reducing disruption to wildlife habitats.

Area under Protected/Important or Sensitive Species: Although the expressway alignment passes through land under Reserved Forest (RF) and Protected Forest (PF), it does not traverse any wildlife sanctuary or eco-sensitive zone. The project has taken into account the importance of protecting sensitive species and their habitats. By employing tunnel sections for crossing tiger corridors, the project aims to minimize the impact on wildlife and maintain ecological balance.

Tender, Package & Contractor Details :

The project is currently in the stage of preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR). The exact timeline for land acquisition and construction has not been specified. Updates on tender notices and contractors will be provided as they become available.

Please note that the information provided is based on the available details, and the project’s progress may lead to updates or changes in the future.

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