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The central government has announced the launch of a new project - a super expressway - connecting Delhi to Mumbai. India Today reports, that the construction of the super expressways between the two cities will help reduce the travel time by half.
This new expressway is part of the centre's Rs eight lakh crore Bharatmala Pariyojana Programme, which looks after the development of all expressways with an aggregate length of 1,837km.
Union road transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari said, that the new expressway would be built in four stages, allowing the commuters to cover the 1,200km stretch between the two cities in 12 hours flat.
Accordingly, Gadkari further added that between Delhi and Mumbai, the super expressway will pass through Jaipur and Vadodara. With construction work of the first and fourth stages already started. The first phase connects Delhi to Jaipur, while the fourth phase connects Mumbai to Vadodara.
Land acquisition for the Delhi-Jaipur highway has begun. With a total cost of Rs 16,000 crore, the construction of the expressway is expected to be completed in 15 months. On completion, the travel time between the two cities would reduce to two hours from the previous six hours. Also, the new expressway would reduce the total distance between the cities by 40km.
This new expressway will be access-controlled, to help maintain consistent high speeds. The speed limit on the new highway is said to be set at 150km/h according to certain sources. The new expressway will also help reduce the traffic on NH-8 which is the most congested entry point to Delhi.
For the fourth phase between Mumbai-Vadodara, the centre has started awarding contracts with a construction cost of Rs 44,000 crore. On completion, travel time for the 380km stretch will be around three hours.
Apart from these projects, the centre is also looking at constructing more of such expressways in other parts of the country as well. Approved projects include expressways between, Ahmedabad-Dholera, Delhi-Meerut, Chennai-Bangalore, Delhi-Amritsar-Katra and Kanpur-Lucknow. With the first phase of the Delhi-Meerut expressway already scheduled to open on 15th April 2018.
The government is also outsourcing the construction of expressways on Char Dham Road in Uttarakhand. This expressway with a construction cost of Rs 12,000 crore, aims to provide all-weather connectivity to regions like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri and is scheduled to be completed by March 2019.
Thoughts On The Delhi-Mumbai Super Expressway
The new super expressways will soon connect major cities across the country, bringing down the travel time for most. With speed limits of 150km/h being implemented, it will soon become a quicker option to travel by road than using the trains.