The new DelhiMumbai Expressway project, which is likely to be ready by 2023-24 will reduce your road time between the two cities to just 13 hours. By Tanvi Jain

 

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Imagine a road trip from Delhi to Mumbai within just 13 hours! Yes, it could soon be a reality as the approximately 1,261-kilometres-long Delhi-Mumbai Expressway project worth INR 1 trillion is showing steady progress, and is likely to be completed by 2023-24. 

The expressway will pass through Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra, also giving easier connectivity to cities like Jaipur, Kota, Chittorgarh, Indore, Ujjain, Bhopal, Ahmedabad and Vadodara. It will even cover many underprivileged regions such as Mewat, Ratlam and Dahod, and will provide direct connectivity to Delhi IGI Airport T3 terminal via a five-kilometre-long shallow tunnel.  

 

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As of now, it takes at least 24 hours to travel from Delhi to Mumbai via road. The six-lane Delhi-Mumbai National Corridor along NH-48 of the Golden Quadrilateral faces heavy congestion, which is expected to increase with time. This one, on the other hand, will reportedly be an eight-lane highway, with a provision of an expansion to 12 lanes for increasing traffic in the future. 

Experts say that this new expressway with reduced distance and logistics will not only help save crores of money in its lifetime but will also save millions of litres of fuel per annum. Reports suggest that the deadline for the completion of the project has been set for January 26, 2023, and that Union Minister for Road Transport and MSME Nitin Gadkari has asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to take up the project on top priority. 

 

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Moreover, as per the NHAI, the work for nearly 40 per cent of the highway has already been awarded and bidding is underway for 50 per cent of it. The authorities have also confirmed about acquiring around 85 to 90 per cent of the land, and the work has started on some stretches already 

Furthermore, as many as 73 wayside amenities are likely to come up alongside the expressway after every 50 kilometres, and comprise of restaurants, food courts, dorms, convenience stores, toilets, fuel stations and helipads. 

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