New Delhi: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari along with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday reviewed the progress of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway (DME) in Sohna. The expressway that is planned to be completed by March 2023 will cover the states of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.Also Read - Delhi-Mumbai Expressway To Be Ready Within A Year, Expected To Reduce Travel Time to 12 Hours | Details Here
The new expressway is expected to halve the commute time between Delhi and Mumbai from nearly 24 hours to 12 hours and shorten the distance by 130 km. This will generate annual fuel savings of more than 320 million litres and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 850 million kilograms which is equivalent to the planting of 40 million trees. Over two million trees and shrubs are planned to be planted along the highway as part of the National Highway Authorities of India (NHAI)’s commitment towards environment conservation. Also Read - Delhi-Mumbai Expressway to be Extended Till Ring Road; Manesar to Become Closer to East And South Delhi
Addressing the media in Sohna, Gadkari said, “I am happy that it’s the world’s largest expressway and a matter of pride for our country. With this Delhi-Mumbai expressway, we will be able to reach Mumbai in about 12.5 hours.” Also Read - Work on Delhi-Mumbai expressway to begin from Dec: Gadkari
Adding further about the expressway, Gadkari said, “The Delhi-Katra expressway will be launched in two years, to reduce the distance from 727 to 572 kilometres, you will reach Katra from Delhi in six hours. We are also working on new roads from Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Dehradun and Delhi-Haridwar, to take you there in two hours.”
The new expressway is expected to halve the commute time between Delhi and Mumbai.
As per the official release by the Transport and Highways Ministry, the expressway is being developed at a cost of Rs 98,000 crores. The 1,380 kilometres long Delhi Mumbai expressway will be the longest expressway in India. It will enhance connectivity between Delhi and Mumbai. The expressway will connect the urban centres of Delhi through the Delhi-Faridabad-Sohna section of the corridor along with a spur to Jewar Airport and Jawaharlal Nehru Port to Mumbai through a spur in Mumbai.
In addition, the expressway which passes through the six states of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra will improve the connectivity to economic hubs like Jaipur, Kishangarh, Ajmer, Kota, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat bringing economic prosperity to millions.
Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, envisaged under the vision of Prime Minister’s ‘New India’, was kick-started in 2018 with the foundation stone being laid on March 9, 2019. Out of the 1,380 kilometres, contracts for more than 1,200 kilometres have already been awarded and are in progress.