New Delhi, April 17: A new expressway will be built over the span of three years connecting Gurugram and Mumbai, said Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday. The estimated cost of the total project is being pegged at Rs. 1 lakh crore. While addressing a media event in Delhi, Gadkari announced the development of a new highway alignment between Delhi and Mumbai. He said at least 10 projects costing Rs. 35,600 crore were already under construction. Throwing on light on the idea of developing a new alaignment, Gadkari said that the transport and highways ministry is actually looking for ways to minimize clogging of traffic especially in the Delhi-NCR region. The work on the expressway is likely to take off within a month’s time.

Adding to this he said that almost forty thousand commercial vehicles entered Delhi on a daily basis, which increased pollution and congestion in the state. Aiming towards a relatively cleaner Delhi, the scheme of developing Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways around Delhi had been taken up and the Eastern Peripheral Expressway will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 29.

Apart from the new expressway, an eight-lane Dwarka Expressway which will be fully access-controlled, is being developed in four packages. The total estimated value of the project is Rs. 9500 crores. Also, work on signal free corridor from Dhaula Kuan to Airport has been awarded at a cost of 260 crore rupees. A bypass to connect Dwarka and NH8 is also under wraps. Major junctions on NH8 in Gurugram will also see development and improvement.

Gadkari also disclosed plans for Chambal Expressway which would be connected to the newly proposed Gurugram-Mumbai Expressway. He said that the Chambal expressway is most likely to benefit states like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.