As the standard expressway significantly reduces travel time, fuel consumption for travel is also reduced. The Delhi-Mumbai expressway has reduced travel time to 12 hours. This is the first expressway in Asia to be set up without disturbing the movement of wildlife.
Union Road Transport minister Nitin Gadkari has said that people have to pay if they want quality services and good roads. Reporters questioned Union minister Nitin Gadkari as to whether levying tolls at toll plazas on expressways would increase fares. The minister replied, “If you want to use an AC-equipped room, you have to pay. Otherwise, you can arrange the wedding in an empty field. ”
Decreased travel time
Gadkari also inspected the Sohna section of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway in Haryana. He said, “As the standard expressway significantly reduces travel time, so does the fuel consumption for travel. The Delhi-Mumbai expressway travel time has been reduced to 12 hours. It takes 48 hours for a truck from delhi to reach Mumbai. But on the expressway, it only takes 18 hours. So, that truck can make more trips and business will grow.
Work on the 1,380-kilometer eight-lane expressway, which will span six states, is expected to be completed by 2023. We plan to use drones along the expressway in the future and set up helipads for people and cargo. With this new expressway, it will be possible to travel from delhi to Katra in six hours, from delhi to chandigarh in two hours, from delhi to amritsar in four hours and from delhi to dehradun in two hours.
Currently, the Delhi-Meerut Expressway is partially open. The works will be fully completed next month. I'm just going to open it next month. Due to the construction of this expressway at a cost of Rs 6,000 crore, the travel time between delhi and meerut will be reduced to 40 minutes.”
Can become 12 lanes
NHAI member Manoj Kumar continued, “Currently, the Delhi-Mumbai highway has eight lanes. However, the median of it is set at a distance of 21 meters. It is wider than average. This road will be converted into 12 lanes in case of traffic congestion in the near future. We will have the expressway fully open by january 2023. At present, work is underway on 1,200 km of the total length, ”he said. The Rs 98,000 crore road is said to be the longest expressway in India. The road will pass through delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, maharashtra and Jaipur.
According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, this is the first expressway in Asia to be set up without disturbing the movement of wildlife. The ministry said there was only one such expressway in the world. A total of two eight-lane tunnels have been constructed. A tunnel has been set up at the Mukundra Sanctuary to protect endangered wildlife. The other is set in the Matheran Environmental Protection Zone.
It is noteworthy that the foundation stone for this project was laid on march 9, 2019.