Central government is all set to work on a new project –Delhi Mumbai expressway. It is, planned to be a part of Bharatmala pariyojana programme that looks after the infrastructure projects of India. The New expressway is to be built in four stages said Nitin Gadkari, Union road transport and highway minister. The expressway is said to halve the travel time between Delhi and Mumbai. The 1400km distance takes around 24 hours. Very soon People will be able to drive from Delhi to Mumbai within 12 hours said Nitin Gadkari.
This Greenfield expressway will be having a new alignment and would pass through the less developed areas. The first and fourth stage are already started which will connect Delhi to Jaipur and Mumbai to Vadodara. The total cost of Delhi-Jaipur highway is expected to be Rs 16000 crore. Within 15 months, it will be possible to travel from Delhi to Jaipur within 2 hours which previously took 6 hours. It will also reduce the distance by 40km. The fourth phase connecting Mumbai to Vadodara is said to be completed at the cost Rs 44,000 crore and will reduce the travel time to 3 hours. The speed limit is said to be set at 150km/hour.
Currently the Rajdhani covers the distance between Delhi and Mumbai within 16 hours. The new expressway will connect major cities of the country and bring down the travel time. With Flights being too expensive to travel and trains taking too much of time, the new expressways will be cost effective and will also quicken the journey making it convenient for the commuters, as per PTI reports.