New Expressway Connecting Gurugram-Mumbai To Be Ready In 3 Years: Nitin Gadkari

| April 17 , 2018 , 08:56 IST

Mumbai is established as one of the biggest metropolitan cities of India, and Gurugram is growing rapidly in the same direction. The government will be building a new Expressway connecting Gurugram with Mumbai which will reduce the travel time from 24 hours to 12 hours, said Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday.

The new Expressway is expected to be completed in 3 years and will be passing through two of the nation's most backward districts Mewat in Haryana and Dahod in Gujarat. The Expressway will reduce the road distance of 1,450 km to 1,250 km, the work of which will begin from December.

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“It will be built on the existing alignment up to the Sohna bypass and from there it will be greenfield (new) alignment till Vadodara,” said a highway ministry official to TOI.

Gadkari revealed that the work for the Vadodara-Surat stretch of the Gurugram-Mumbai Expressway has been awarded and that the tenders for the Surat-Mumbai stretch will be out soon.

“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,” he said.

The Expressway, from Delhi-Mumbai will provide connectivity to the proposed Chambal Expressway and several other cities, including Jaipur, Kota, Sawai Madhopur, Ujjain, Godhra and Ahmedabad.

“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% 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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