Delhi-Mumbai Expressway to have '5 Animal Bridges': All you need to know

The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will house India's first animal bridges to leave the wildlife section undisturbed.
Created On: Oct 7, 2020 14:14 IST
Modified On: Oct 7, 2020 15:15 IST
Representational Image:Delhi-Mumbai Expressway
Representational Image:Delhi-Mumbai Expressway

Currently, there are many expressway projects that are under development in the country and Delhi-Mumbai Expressway is one of them. The most awaited expressway will also have India's first-ever animal overpass on the lines of European nations. 

Delhi-Mumbai Expressway

Why in News?

The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will house India's first animal bridges or animal overpasses to leave the wildlife section undisturbed. A section of Ranthambore Wildlife Corridor comes up on the proposed expressway connecting Mukundra and Ranthambhore Wildlife Sanctuaries.  

Key highlights:

1- This expressway is currently under construction and is 1,250km long. 

2- Upon its completion, the expressway will connect India's National Capital (New Delhi) with its Commercial Capital (Mumbai).

3- The Vadodara Mumbai Expressway has been subsumed into Delhi-Mumbai Expressway

4- The total cost of the project will be approximately Rs 1 lakh crore. 

5- The expressway passes through the states of Madhya Pradesh (370 km), Gujarat (300 km), Haryana (80 km), Rajasthan (380 km) and Maharashtra (120 km). It will have its north end in Delhi and south end in Mumbai. 

6- It will be an 8-lane expressway having 4 lanes in each direction. 

7- The expressway is expected to reduce the travel time by 12 hours from earlier 24 hours. 

8- On March 8, 2019, the foundation stone was laid by Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. 

9- The project is expected to be complete by the year 2022 in 51 packages. 

10- The expressway will have 5 animal overpasses with a combined length of more than 2.5 km. The animals will get a passage at every 500-metre interval. It will also have a boundary wall of 8 metres with a sound barrier of 3-4 metres in the corridor. 

Route Map: 


Source: Times of India


Vadodra-Mumbai Expressway

1- This expressway has now been merged with the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. 

2- The 380 km long 8-lane route which is currently under construction will connect 4 cities-- Vadodara, Gujarat, Mumbai and Maharashtra. 

3- The cost of the project is expected to be Rs. 44 Crore. 

4- It was announced as a National Expressway on January 10, 2020. 

What is an animal bridge?

1- An animal bridge or wildlife crossing is a kind of structure allowing animals to cross man-made barriers safely. The crossings include underpass tunnels, overpasses, etc.

2- It also has trees to make the corridor natural for the animals.

3- Collier and Lee counties in Florida, Underpasses in southern California, Ecoducts in the Netherlands are some of the wildlife crossings in the world. 

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