Delhi-Mumbai Express Highway May Cut Travel Time By 8 Hours
While process is on to acquire land for the Delhi-Mumbai Express Highway, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on December 25 approved a plan to extend it to the Ring Road near the DND flyway. To do that, the NHAI will build a six-lane 59-km access-controlled road from the Western Peripheral Expressway (WPE) near Sohna that will also bring Manesar closer to the national capital.
The Delhi-Mumbai Express Highway, the access-controlled highway that is being built under the Bharatmala Pariyojna Programme, will connect India's national and financial capitals, and will reduce the travel time between the two cities from 20 hours to a mere 12 hours. Work on the project, spanning 40 locations simultaneously, is expected to start this month.
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. .
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 expressway will cover the hinterlands and several tribal areas of the country.
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, curtailing the duration of a gruelling journey. Currently, the Rajdhani Express provides the quickest connectivity in 16 hours.
Boost to logistics: The Delhi-Mumbai highway currently 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 kilometre per day, from the present average of 250 km 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.