New Delhi: The New Delhi-Mumbai expressway, the foundation of which was laid on Friday by Shushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari, aims to reduce the travel distance to just 13 hours between both the cities. The distance between the two metropolitan cities will also be reduced from 1,450 KM to 1,250 KM.

“The greenfield Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will be India’s longest expressway at 1,320 km and would reduce the travel time between the metropolises to 13 hours from the present 24 hours,” Nitin Gadkari had said.

The expressway will connect the Mumbai and New Delhi via Jaipur and Vadodara.

The expressway is a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre’s 42,000 KM of economic of corridors project named Bharatmala Pariyojana. The government has also set aside Rs 25,200 crore for the compensations to farmers whose land will be acquired.

Further, this high-speed highway corridor will be made operational within 30 to 36 months from the start of its construction. Gadkari said the expressway has the potential to generate 50 lakh man-days of employment during construction.

“Delhi-Mumbai will be India’s most environment-friendly expressway with a tree cover of 20 lakh trees and rainwater harvesting system at every 500 metres,” Gadkari had added.

The Delhi-Mumbai national corridor (NH-8 section of the Golden Quadrilateral) is one of the busiest and most critical routes of the national highways network, witnessing average traffic of more than 80,000 passenger car units (PCUs) per day. Considering the present traffic scenario, it was decided to develop an alternative alignment connecting Delhi with Vadodara, which on linking up with the proposed Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway would create seamless connectivity between Delhi and Mumbai.