Expressway Planned To Connect Delhi, Mumbai: Nitin Gadkari
The project is expected to cost Rs. 1 lakh crore and will be executed over the next three years, Nitin Gadkari said
- Shikhar Thakur
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- April 17, 2018 06:28 IST
New Delhi: An upcoming expressway connecting Delhi and Mumbai will be built that will substantially cut down on travel time, Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari announced on Monday.This project is expected to cost Rs. 1 lakh crore and will be executed over the next three years, the minister said.
A Chambal Expressway that would connect Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to the new expressway is also being planned.
The 1428-km National Highway 8 connects Delhi and Mumbai - the travel time is approximately 24 hours. It is said to be the country's busiest highway, which passes through key cities of Rajasthan and Gujarat, including Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Ahmedabad and Vadodara. It is the first section of the Golden Quadrilateral project undertaken by the National Highways Authority of India or NHAI, it will be extended till Chennai.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said his ministry has undertaken 10 projects to decongest Delhi, which together will cost around Rs. 35,600 crore.
About 40,000 commercial vehicles enter the national capital daily, spiking pollution and congestion, which is one of the key triggers for the deadly smog that envelopes the city every winter. The courts have suggested that the government come up with a long-term solution to the problem.
One of the plans involves an ambitious scheme to develop Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways around Delhi. The Eastern Peripheral Expressway will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 29.
To ease traffic in East Delhi, Delhi-Meerut Expressway was envisaged, and its Delhi-Dasna portion will be inaugurated by PM on the same day.
Work on a signal-free corridor from Dhaula Kuan to Airport has been awarded at a cost of Rs. 260 crore.