‘My dream is…’ Nitin Gadkari shares updates on Delhi-Mumbai Expressway

Addressing the National Conference for Civil Engineers and Professionals of Allied Industries organized by Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (ACCE), Union Minister Nitin Gadkari talked about the Delhi-Mumbai Express Highway. The Union Minister claimed that 70 percent work of the said expressway has been completed. Further, the minister said that it is his expectation that the present time required to travel by road from Nariman Point in Mumbai to Delhi will be reduced to just 12 hours. Gadkari said that PPP (public-private partnership) method can be used to connect Nariman Point with the highway, as the ministry has decided to do.

The public will be able to use the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway after March 2023. States like Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra will be connected by Delhi-Mumbai Express. In addition, it will improve connectivity to economic centers like Jaipur, Kishangarh, Ajmer, Kota, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat, thereby providing economic prosperity to lakhs of people. The ambitious Bharatmala project launched by the Government of India will start from this phase.

The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway is one of the most important projects undertaken by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) in recent years. The 1380-km-long Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, which will cost Rs 98,000 crore to build, will be India’s longest expressway. It will improve connectivity between the national capital Delhi and the financial capital of Mumbai. The expressway will connect urban centers in Delhi to the Delhi-Faridabad-Sohna section of the corridor as well as to Jewar Airport and Jawaharlal Nehru Port via a spur in Mumbai.

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In addition, the road transport ministry is planning to build an electric highway between Delhi and Mumbai at a cost of 2.5 lakh crores. According to the ministry, trolleybuses and trolley trucks will be able to ply on these highways. Trolley buses are electric buses that are powered by overhead wires, while an electric highway is a road that provides electricity to vehicles traveling on it, including an overhead power line.