The cost of fresh land acquisition for the construction of Delhi-Mumbai expressway is estimated to reduce by Rs 20,000 crore. The dip in price is because the expressway is planned to enroute various undeveloped areas. Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for transport and highway also said that the construction of this expressway will cut the travel distance between the two capital cities by 125 km.
Currently, the land acquisition cost is Rs 7 crore per hectare for the same highway. But, the new alignment of land acquisition is likely to decrease by 70 to 80 lakh rupees per hectare. Therefore, the Government is planning to construct the new expressway for connecting Delhi and Mumbai via new alignment which will cost Rs 1 lakh crore.
The minister further said, “Land acquisition for the new Delhi-Mumbai express highway will cost Rs 16,000 crore to Rs 20,000 crore less. The new alignment will be from Ring Road of Delhi to Jaipur to Alwar from where it will reach Sawai Madhopur to Mumbai via Vadodara.”
While addressing the event organized by the Transport Corporation of India (TCI), Gadkari also stated that the construction of this expressway will make people reach Delhi from Mumbai in just 11 hours. The expressway will start from Delhi and will reach Mumbai via Haryana, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. The construction of the expressway in Vadodara will incur a cost of Rs 44,000 crore and work is likely to commence in a month’s time.