The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, which will become the longest in India, will be completed within the set timeframe. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has assured that all work related to the project is being accelerated so that there is no delay.
In response to a question from Rajya Sabha, Nitin Gadkari said that the Covid-19 Pandemic had an impact on the construction schedule of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, which according to the Centre’s goal will be completed by January 2023.
Nitin Gadkari said 350 km of 1,350 km of Delhi-Mumbai highway has been laid and another 825 km is also under construction. The Minister has assured that bids for the remaining 163 kilometers of the Highway are being finalized and are likely to be awarded in the current year.
“In the ongoing packages, there are some slips at the expense of the ongoing Covid Pandemic. Every effort is being made to get the project done quickly,” Gadkari said in a written response to a question from Rajya Sabha.
The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway aims to dramatically reduce travel time between the two cities. Be built at the general cost of the area ₹1 lakh million, the Expressway will allow vehicles to travel at 120 kmph. It is likely to cover the distance between Delhi and Mumbai in just 12 hours, instead of the 24 hours currently taken. In fact, it will be a faster option than traveling by train to travel between cities.
The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway is the first green highway under construction by the Indian Highways Authority (NHAI). Expressway will have eight Lanes in the first phase and 12 Lanes as part of the expansion plans for the second phase. It will also have six-meter walls on each side to prevent animals and pedestrians from entering the Lanes.
The expressway, which starts at Sohna in Haryana and ends at Mira Bhayander near Mumbai, will also be the first to feature animal corridors along the way. Animal walkways have been included in the construction plan as several reserve forests pass through.
The Expressway will also have several departure points, including facilities such as restaurants, toilets and petrol bombs, for the convenience of commuting.