Mumbai-Gurugram Expressway will be operational in next three years: Nitin Gadkari

It is believed that the proposed expressway will reduce the existing distance of 1,450 km by road to about 1,250 km and will bring down the travel time to about 12 hours

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In the next three years, the government will build a new expressway which will connect Gurugram with Mumbai, said Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India Nitin Gadkari on Monday. This expressway will pass through two most backward districts i.e Mewat in Haryana and Dahod in Gujarat and will cost ₹60,000 Cr.

It is believed that the proposed expressway will reduce the existing distance of 1,450 km by road to about 1,250 km and will bring down the travel time to about 12 hours. Presently, it takes nearly 24 hours to cover the stretch between Delhi and Mumbai through NH-8.

Gadkari said that the work will begin in December and will be completed in the next three years.

 

This entire expressway will bring development to the undeveloped regions and hinterland in Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh to spur growth and some backward areas will also shine like Gurugram. Industrial and commercial development will generate jobs. We are now looking at building highways on new alignment rather than just expanding the existing stretches to decentralise development.”

Gadkari added that the work will start at 40 locations simultaneously to make the expressway operational.

Since we have already started work on the Vadodara-Mumbai stretch, building the Gurugram-Vadodara corridor will make the travel smooth from Delhi up to Mumbai. Delhi-Mumbai highway carries about 15 per cent of the country’s total cargo traffic and this is likely to grow. So, the need for a greenfield expressway was felt,” said a ministry official.

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