Fact Check: Viral Image Showing Samruddhi Mahamarg Expressway Is NOT from Maharashtra, But Thailand

On December 11, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first section of the Samruddhi Mahamarg Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway to improve road connectivity. According to reports, 520 km of the 701 km-long roadway has already been built. By 2024, the final 181 km segment will be completed.

Against this backdrop, an image showing an aerial view of an expressway with the picture of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is widely shared on social media linking it to Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Mahamarg. 

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “देवेंद्र फडणवीस का ड्रीम प्रोजेक्ट हुआ पूरा, मुम्बई-नागपुर समृद्धि एक्सप्रेसवे का पीएम मोदी करेंगे उद्घाटन उपमुख्यमंत्री Devendra Fadnavis” (English translation: Dream project of Devendra Fadnavis completed, PM Modi to inaugurate Mumbai-Nagpur Samridhi Expressway Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Doing a Reverse Image Search we identified a news report, published by Mumbai Live three years ago, carrying the same viral image with a headline: “Some land acquisition still pending for the new Mumbai-Nagpur road project”. This clearly shows that the image has been on Internet prior to the construction of the stretch, which is scheduled to open on December 11.

We found the same image on Shutterstock with a caption: “Aerial view highway junction, crossroads, interchange and expressway is an important infrastructure in Thailand.” 

On Shutterstock, we also discovered a time-lapse video from a birds-eye perspective that showed the motion of vehicles from a different perspective. The caption reads: “Time-lapse aerial view above of circus road traffic cars in Bangkok Thailand.” Thus, it is evident that the image used in the viral post is actually from Thailand and not Maharashtra. 

We also searched for original videos of the recently constructed Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway and found numerous news articles like ABP Majha and BBC Marathi

Thus, it is clear that the viral image is from Thailand and not the newly built Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Mahamarg. 

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