Delhi-Mumbai Express Highway May Cut Travel Time By 8 Hours
Three years from now, you are likely to take a road trip for your journey from Delhi to Mumbai (or vice-versa). On April 18, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, announced that work on the Delhi-Mumbai Express Highway would start soon. The access-controlled highway, built under the Bharatmala Pariyojna Programme, will connect the national capital and financial capital of India, and will reduce the travel time from 20 hours to a mere 12 hours. Speaking at an event, the minister revealed more details about the government’s ambitious plan.
Work on the project, spanning 40 locations simultaneously, is expected to begin in December this year. Planned in four phases, the project will take three years for completion. Work has already begun on two stretches – the Delhi-Gurgaon-Jaipur stretch, and Vadodara-Mumbai stretch. Tenders for the Vadodara-Surat stretch has been awarded and it will soon be done for the Surat-Mumbai stretch.
The next phase will include work on Jaipur-Kota, and Vadodara stretches. As per National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), the development of 225-km Delhi–Jaipur Expressway worth INR 16,000 crore, will be over within 15 months.
Here are more details:
The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will be connected to the proposed eight-lane Chambal expressway and benefit the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Unlike many highways, the alignment of this greenfield expressway will cover the hinterlands and several tribal areas of the country which will benefit greatly by a surge in new economic activities. Moreover, the government will garner huge savings of around Rs 16,000 crore to Rs 20,000 crore in land acquisition. The rate of acquisition will significantly drop from Rs 70-80 lakh per hectare to Rs 7 crore per hectare.
Gadkari wants us to see this project as an opportunity for the upliftment of backward districts of the country such as Mewat in Haryana and Dahod in Gujarat. As industrial and commercial developments will continue to happen along the route, there will be a corresponding rise in employment opportunities that will be a boon for millions of people. The proposed e-way is also envisaged to be synced to the high-speed rail corridor along the Gurugram-Vadodara stretch.
Project Cost: The expressway will be developed at a total cost of Rs 1 lakh crore.
Faster Access: The upcoming route will cut the distance of 1,450 kilometres between the two metropolises to about 1,250 kilometres, thus curtailing the duration of a gruelling journey. Presently, the Rajdhani Express provides the quickest connectivity in 16 hours.
Boost to Logistics: The Delhi-Mumbai highway presently carries nearly 15 per cent of the country’s cargo traffic which is likely to rise with the launch of this project. The logistics costs are soaring high in India compared to other countries. Gadkari also aims to increase the potential of trucks to cover an average distance of 400 kilometres per day, from the present average of 250 kilometres per day.
New route-map: The expressway will cover major cities and districts namely Delhi, Gurgaon, Mewat, Kota, Ratlam, Godhra, Vadodara, Surat, Dahisar and Mumbai. As per the new alignment, it will start from Rajiv Chowk in Gurgaon linking Ring Road of Delhi to Jaipur, Alwar and further towards Sawai Madhopur and finally reaching Mumbai via Vadodara.
Features: The upcoming corridor will have a high-quality tarmac aimed at ensuring road safety and offer a seamless driving experience. Vehicles will enjoy a speed limit of about 120 kmph to 130 kmph whereas heavy trucks will need to restrict themselves between 80 kmph to 100 kmph.