Roads and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced a new Gurugram-Mumbai Expressway. The work on this new expressway will commence from December 2018 and will be completed in 3 years. The project is being planned at an expense of around INR 60,000 crores and will reduce distance between these two places from a current 1,450kms by road to around 1,250 kms while travel time will be reduced by 12 hours.
Besides connecting Gurugram and Mumbai, the expressway will also connect Mewat in Haryana and Dahod in Gujarat. The whole route will be -Delhi-Gurgaon-Mewat-Kota-Ratlam-Godhra-Vadora-Surat-Dahisar-Mumbai.
The expressway will start at Rajiv Gandhi Chowk in Gurugram. It will be built on the Sohna bypass and thereon along a Greenfield alignment upto Vadodara. Apart from this expressway, Gadkari also announced that at least 10 project were under construction at a cost of INR 35,600 crores.
The transport and highway ministry seeks to minimize clogging of vehicle at the Delhi-NCR region. An 8 lane Dwarka Expressway is being developed in 4 packages at an investment of INR 45 billion while the Delhi-Meerut Expressway is also being planned along with a bypass to connect Dwarka and NH8.
PM Narendra Modi is also set to open the new Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) this month which is India’s first smart and green highway. EPE is a 135km, 6 lane expressway being built at a cost of around INR 11,000 crores.
It will help to de-congest the NCR and will divert around 2 lakh vehicles passing through the area on a daily basis thus bringing down pollution levels drastically.