The national capital Delhi and the financial capital of India Mumbai will soon get little closer! How? The answer is the Greenfield Expressway. The Indian Government is working on a Greenfield expressway that will connect both the metro cities. With a new layout, the new expressway will cross through less developed areas of both the regions and thus reducing the travel time to 12 hours.
Distance between Delhi to Mumbai is around 1,400km and the NH48 that passes through Rajasthan and Gujarat connects the cities. A trip completes in around 20 hours. In fact, the Rajdhani Express takes you from Delhi to Mumbai in 16 hours. Read – Carmakers Will Soon Provide Factory-Fitted Number Plates
The Government is also planning to connect Mumbai and Nagpur via expressway that will cut down the travel time to 8 hours. Currently, it takes around 14 hours. The speed limit of the new expressways are likely to be better (over 120kph) than the existing ones such as Agra-Lucknow expressway (120kmph) and Yamuna expressway (100kmph).
Road construction for the new expressway is already underway. Initially, it will connect the Gurugram Ring Road to Jaipur reducing the travel time from six to two hours. The entire development process will take 15 months. A speedway will also be constructed between Mumbai and Vadodara in the first phase. Whereas, the expressway will be stretched from Jaipur to Kota and then to Vadodara in the second phase. Read – India Set To Get Bullet Trains In Multiple Cities
To be developed under the Bharatmala Pariyojna program, the Greefield expressway will pass through less developed areas. This strategy is not only cost effective in terms of land acquisition, but ensures less traffic and less number of road accidents.
Talking about the Ministry’s FY2018 report, Nitin Gadkari said that the government has built 9,830km of highways with an investment of 1.2 lakh crore. The ministry constructed 27km of highway per day in Fy18 against 22km per day in FY17. Read – India Set To Get Three More Race Tracks In 2018
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