Delhi-Mumbai Expressway
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Are you a frequent commuter to Mumbai from Delhi and spending more of your time on roads, train, flight or traffic? Then, all of your woes are ready to dispose-off with the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai Expressway that will help you reach Mumbai in just 12 hours. At present, the travel time between the two big metro cities is 24 hours.

The Planning

In order to reduce the travel time and traffic congestion, Ministry of Highways has announced the construction of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway in April 2018. It will be a 1250 km long and 12 lane Expressway which is totally government funded. The planning and execution of the project is being done by NHAI.

As per the proposed plan, Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will start from DND Flyway in Delhi and pass through various districts of Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra ending at Mumbai. Once completed it will be the longest expressway in India. It will be signal-free access controlled expressway and NHAI has planned the construction work in various phases. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 1 Trillion and the expected completion time is 2022.

The Route

Delhi Mumbai expressway will pass through 5 different states starting from Delhi. Earlier NHAI has decided to start it from Gurgaon. The total 1250 km long stretch has been divided into various states.

In Haryana, it will cover 80 km of distance and will pass through Gurugram, Nuh, Ferozpur Jhirka, Kolgaon etc.

In Rajasthan, it will cover a stretch of 380 km and will cross Alwar, Rajgarh, Manoharpur-Dausa highway, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur Bonli, Indragarh, Kota, and Rawatbhata.

In Madhya Pradesh, it will cover 120 km of distance and will pass through Bhanpura Garoth, Neemuch, Mandsaur, Jaora, Ratlam and Banswara, Thandla.

In Gujarat, it will cover a stretch of 300 km and will cross Dahod, Godhra, Vadodara, Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Vapi-Silvassa.

In Maharashtra, it will cover 370 km and will pass through Thane, Palghar ending at Mumbai.

The Construction

As NHAI has decided to carry on the work in phases, so at present the land acquisition work in Haryana is going on and is in the last stages. The construction work on this stretch will start by either mid-Feb or March first week. The bid for the six stretches between Haryana and Rajasthan will be awarded by the end of this month.

The total land needed to be acquired for this project will be 12000 hectares. According to sources from highway Ministry, NHAI is getting at least four bidders and all of them are good performing contractors. Since the works are fully funded by the government, construction can start soon on the project.

The land acquisition process in rest of the states is still under process.

Currently, the work on Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway is underway which will be later incorporated in the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway.

The project is constructing under the central Government’s ambitious Bharatmala Pariyojna and as per experts will also boost the real estate market and as well as create job opportunities in the passing districts.