Gadkari announces new highway alignment between Delhi, Mumbai

Centre planning to construct Delhi-Mumbai Expressway to cut down travel time: Nitin Gadkari

Centre planning to construct Delhi-Mumbai Expressway to cut down travel time: Nitin Gadkari

The government will be building a new Expressway connecting Gurugram with Mumbai which will reduce the travel time from 24 hours to 12 hours, said Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday. Likely to be in the range of rupees 5,000 crore to rupees 6,000 crore, which is nearly one third of what NHAI spent for the delhi-jaipur expressway.

"It will be built on the existing alignment up to the Sohna bypass and from there it will be greenfield (new) alignment till Vadodara", said a highway ministry official to TOI.

"This entire expressway will bring development to the undeveloped regions and hinterland in Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh to spur growth and some backward areas will also shine like Gurugram", Gadkari was quoted saying.

A signal-free corridor from Dhaula Kuan to Indira Gandhi International Airport is also being built at a cost of Rs 260 crore, Gadkari said. Similarly, to ease traffic in East Delhi, Delhi-Meerut Expressway was envisaged, and its Delhi-Dasna portion will also be inaugurated by PM on 29April by a road show.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Eastern Peripheral Expressway on April 29.

Gadkari added that the work will start at 40 locations simultaneously to make the expressway operational.

Apart from the new expressway, an eight-lane Dwarka Expressway which will be fully access-controlled, is being developed in four packages. The total investment on the project has been estimated at Rs 9500 crore. Regarding development of major junctions on NH8 in Gurugram like the flyover/ underpass at IFFCO Chowk, Signature Tower intersection, Rajiv Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk, the Minister informed that the work, costing Rs 1000 crore, has been substantially completed.