India announces new $15.2bn Delhi-Mumbai expressway


The Indian government has announced the development of a new highway alignment between Delhi and Mumbai.

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari said that INR1 trillion ($15.2bn) will be spent on the expressway.

He also disclosed plans for a Chambal Expressway, which would be connected to the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. This is likely to benefit states such as Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, where backward areas will also benefit similar to Gurugram.

Addressing the media in New Delhi, Gadkari outlined major initiatives of his ministry for de-congestion of Delhi NCR.

He said 10 projects are underway costing INR356bn ($5.4bn). Nearly 40,000 commercial vehicles enter Delhi on a daily basis, resulting in pollution and congestion in the city state.

A scheme to develop Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways around Delhi was taken up, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Eastern Peripheral Expressway on 29 April 2018.

Similarly, Delhi-Meerut Expressway was envisaged to ease traffic in East Delhi, and the Prime Minister will also inaugurate the Delhi-Dasna portion on 29 April by a road show.
The Minister said that work on signal-free corridor from Dhaula Kuan to airport has been awarded at a cost of INR2.6bn ($39.5m).

He said eight-lane fully access-controlled Dwarka Expressway is being developed in four packages. Three packages have already been awarded, and the work on the Expressway is likely to start in a month’s time. Total investment on the project is INR95bn ($1.4bn).

Gadkari said that additionally, as part of improvement of Mahipalpur at Rangpuri, a bypass is being envisaged to connect Dwarka/ NH8.

Regarding development of major junctions on NH8 in Gurugram such as the flyover/underpass at IFFCO Chowk, Signature Tower intersection, Rajiv Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk, the Minister said that the work, costing INR10bn ($152m), has been substantially completed.

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