Union Minister for Road Transport, Shipping and Highways, Nitin Gadkari on August 24, 2018 announced that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will start the construction of the proposed Mumbai-Delhi Expressway by December 2018.
The announcement was made during Gadkari's address to media at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Navi Mumbai.
The highway will be ready for use in three years by 2021.
Key Highlights of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway project
• The first tender for the project worth Rs 44,000 crore between Mumbai and Vadodara has already been floated. Recently, the second tender for the stretch between Delhi-Amritsar was also floated. The actual groundwork will start by December 10, 2018.
• Commuters using the expressway would be able to reach Mumbai from Delhi or vise-a-versa within 12 hours, from the 24 hours taken at present.
• The expressway, to be built at a cost of about Rs 1 lakh crore, will connect India’s two most backward districts, Mewat (Haryana) and Dahod (Gujarat).
• The expressway is expected to begin from Gurugram on the Delhi outskirts and run parallel to the existing highway up to Jaipur, from where it will turn eastwards to Rajasthan's Alwar and Ratlam in western Madhya Pradesh and then move westwards to Baroda.
• The expressway will develop the locality in Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh and foster growth in these regions.
• The whole route will be: Delhi-Gurugram-Mewat-Kota-Ratlam-Godhra-Vadodara-Surat-Dahisar-Mumbai.
• As the expressway will pass through unexplored regions, land acquisition cost will also be reduced.
Other projects announced
• The Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh governments will soon sign the Memorandum of Understanding to build the 339-km Indore-Manmad railway line worth Rs 10000 crore on August 28, 2018.
• A cruise ferry between Mumbai and Goa will be inaugurated on October 1, 2018.
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