Delhi-Mumbai Expressway to be completed within stipulated time: Gadkari

The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, which is set to become the longest expressway in India, will be completed within the stipulated time, assures union minister Nitin Gadkari.

The minister said that all work related to the project is being expedited to ensure there is no delay, despite the COVID impact on the construction schedule.

Reverting to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Nitin Gadkari said the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway which, according to the Centre’s target, is aimed to be completed by January 2023, has completed the construction of 350 km of the total 1,350 km and the construction of another 825 km is also in progress. 

In addition, he also assured the parliament that the bids for the remaining 163 km of the expressway are being finalized and are likely to be awarded within the ongoing financial year.

“In ongoing packages, there are certain slippages on account of the ongoing Covid pandemic. All efforts are being made to complete the project expeditiously,” Gadkari said in his written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

Delhi-Mumbai Expressway once completed will reduce the commute time between the two cities by half. With vehicles allowed to run at 120 kmph, the distance will be covered only in 12hrs than the current 24hrs. It will be a faster option to travel between the cities than a train.

With an overall construction cost evaluated at ₹1 lakh-crore, the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway is the first greenfield expressway that is being constructed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). 

In phase one, the expressway will have eight lanes, which later will be expanded as in the second phase of the plan and feature 12 lanes. Also, the expressway will have six-foot walls on either side to prevent animals and pedestrians from entering the lanes.

Keeping into consideration the wildlife of the area, this expressway will be the first to have a special animal corridor along with its way. These animal overpasses have been included in the construction plan as it passes through several reserve forests.

The expressway, which will begin from Sohna in Haryana and culminated at Mira Bhayander near Mumbai will also have several exit points, wayside amenities like restaurants, restrooms, and petrol pumps for the convenience of commuters.

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