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Nitin Gadkari Reviews The Progress of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway
The 1380 km long Delhi Mumbai expressway will be the longest expressway in India.
Photo Credit : Nitin Gadkari's Twitter Handle
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari along with Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar while reviewing the expressway on Thursday.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari started his two day review of the progress of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway(DME) on Thursday. He has started the review from the state of Haryana where Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union Minister of State, Rao Inderjit Singh were also present.
While addressing media personnel, Gadkari also recalled former US President John F. Kennedy's quote that American roads are not good because America is rich but America is rich because American roads are good. "Roads bring prosperity and development. After building roads, the land prices go up. I'm a farmer and while land acquisition for this project, we've given farmers 1.5 times the price which is prevailing in the market," Gadkari said.
The DME, envisaged under the vision of Prime Minister’s ‘New India’, was kick started in 2018 with the foundation stone being laid on 9th March 2019. Being developed at a cost of Rs. 98,000 crores, the 1380 km long Delhi Mumbai expressway will be the longest expressway in India.
It will pass through Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The expressway will connect urban centers of Delhi through 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. In addition, it will improve the connectivity to economic hubs like Jaipur, Kishangarh, Ajmer, Kota, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat.
What has been the progress till now?
- 9 km of the total expressway being built at a cost of more than 1,800 crores will pass through Delhi with contracts for 9 kms already awarded
- 160 km of the total expressway being built at a cost of more than 10,400 crores will pass through Haryana with contracts for 130 kms already awarded
- 374 km of the total expressway being built at a cost of more than 16,600 crores will pass through Rajasthan with contracts for all 374 kms already awarded
- 245 km of the total expressway being built at a cost of more than 11,100 crores will pass through Madhya Pradesh with contracts for 245 kms already awarded
- 423 km of the total expressway being built at a cost of more than 35,100 crores will pass through Gujarat with contracts for 390 kms already awarded
- 171 km of the total expressway being built at a cost of more than 23,000 crores will pass through Maharashtra with contracts for 80 kms already awarded
Some Key Features of The Expressway
- The new expressway is expected to halve the commute time between Delhi and Mumbai from nearly 24 hours to 12 hours and shorten the distance by 130 km. This will generate annual fuel savings of more than 320 million liters and reduce CO2 emissions by 850 million Kg which is equivalent to the planting of 40 million trees. Over two million trees and shrubs are planned to be planted along the highway as part NHAI’s commitment towards environment conservation.
- Minimizing environmental and wildlife impact has been a cornerstone for Delhi Mumbai Expressway. The expressway is the first in Asia and only the second in the world to feature animal overpasses to facilitate unrestricted movement of wildlife. The DME will have 3 animal and 5 overpasses with a combined length of 7 km dedicated for unencumbered wildlife movement. The expressway will also include two iconic 8 lane tunnels which are a testament to the engineering prowess of the country, one tunneling through Mukundra sanctuary without disturbing the endangered fauna in the region for 4 kms and the second 4 km 8 lane-tunnel will pass through the Matheran eco-sensitive zone.
An Engineering Marvel
- More than 12 Lakh Tons of Steel will be consumed in the construction of the expressway, which is equivalent to building 50 Howrah bridges
- Almost 35 crore cubic meter of earth will be moved which translates to 4 crore truck trips during the course of construction
- 80 lakh tons of cement will be consumed for the project which is approximately 2% of India’s annual cement production capacity
One other unique aspect of the Delhi Mumbai Expressway is the setting up of 94-way side amenities(WSA) to improve user convenience and safety along the corridor. Way side amenities will house petrol pumps, motels, rest areas, restaurants and shops. These Wayside amenities will also have helipads for increasing connectivity and evacuating people in case of medical emergencies.
Project Completion Time
The two sections of the expressway, the Delhi – Dausa – Lalsot section which is part of the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway and the Vadodara-Ankleshwar Section which connects Vadodara to the economic hub of Bharuch are likely to opened for traffic by March, 2022. The complete expressway is planned to be completed by March 2023.