Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Delhi-Mumbai Expressway to cut driving time by 7 hours: Nitin Gadkari

Delhi-Mumbai Expressway to cut driving time by 7 hours: Nitin Gadkari

It would soon be possible to travel between Delhi and Mumbai in just 11-12 hours as the two metro cities would be connected through an expressway, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday. Likely to be in the range of rupees 5,000 crore to rupees 6,000 crore, which is nearly one third of what NHAI spent for the delhi-jaipur expressway. The ministry of road transport and highways has said that the new expressway would be built at a cost of Rs 1 lakh crore.

As expected, the expressway will bring down the travel time to about 12 hours which now takes at least 24 hours to cover the distance of 1,450 km through NH-8.

The transport and highways minister also talked about plans to build Chambal expressway that would be connected to the Delhi-Mumbai expressway.

The Expressway, from Delhi-Mumbai will provide connectivity to the proposed Chambal Expressway and several other cities, including Jaipur, Kota, Sawai Madhopur, Ujjain, Godhra and Ahmedabad.

Mr Gadkari said his ministry has undertaken 10 projects to decongest Delhi, which together will cost around Rs 35,600 crore.

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About 40,000 commercial vehicles enter Delhi on a daily basis, which causes pollution and congestion in the city-state, Gadkari, who is also holding the portfolio of water resources and Ganga rejuvenation, said in the statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Eastern Peripheral Expressway on April 29.

Gadkari also informed that a Rs 260-crore contract for constructing a signal-free corridor from Dhaula Kuan to the airport had already been awarded.

Work is going on for the eight-lane fully access-controlled Dwarka Expressway, which is being developed in four parts. A bypass to connect Dwarka to NH8 is also being envisaged.

Gadkari said the work on this stretch will start by December and will be completed in the next three years.

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