Delhi to Mumbai in just 13 hours: India to make world’s longest expressway by March 2023

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Friday announced that the government is constructing the world’s longest highway — the Delhi-Mumbai Express Highway.

The first phase from Delhi-Jaipur (Dausa)-Lalsot and Vadodara-Ankleshwar is expected to be open to traffic by March 2022, while the expressway itself is expected to be completed by March 2023.

“The Expressway will be 1,380 km long and will go up to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), But now, we are also planning to take it up to Nariman Point,” said Gadkari speaking at an event. The project will get over by March 2022 and India will open up the world’s largest expressway, according to him.

Earlier, it used to take around 48 hours to cover the distance between Mumbai and Delhi by truck and 24-26 hours by car. Now it will take approximately 18-20 hours to cover the distance between Delhi and Mumbai by truck and 12-13 hours by car, Gadkari added.

The highway is expected to cross from the tribal districts of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Gadkari believes this will develop the areas and create many employment opportunities for people.

The expressway will connect the urban centres of Delhi through the Delhi-Faridabad-Sohna section of the corridor along with a spur to Jewar Airport and Jawaharlal Nehru Port to Mumbai through a spur in Mumbai.

( Originally published on Sep 18, 2021 )

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