Union Minister for Roads and Transport Nitin Gadkari recently laid the foundation stone for the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway which will reduce the travel time between the two major cities to just 12 hours. The expressway will have eight lanes and will be access-controlled to speed up freight movement. It will also have four multilevel interchanges.
To ease travel, the Expressway will provide direct connectivity to terminal three of Delhi’s India Gandhi International Airport, through a five kilometer-long tunnel. Crossroad underpasses at major junctions and intelligent transportation system (ITS) will dot the ambitious Expressway.
The Expressway will take the following route: Delhi-Gurugram-Mewat-Kota-Ratlam-Godhra-Vadodara-Surat-Dahisar-Mumbai. The development of this Exressway will bring about various smart cities, logistics parks and industrial zones between the two metros.
The highway is expected to be used by 80,000 vehicles daily. The ministry plans to introduce “pay per use” tolling concept on this highway. It will also have cargo facilities.