A 1350 km (8-lane) roadway called the Delhi Mumbai Expressway will cut the distance between India's two most important cities in half. Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, laid the cornerstone for the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway on March 9, 2019.
The Mumbai-Delhi motorway route will go through five states: Gujarat (426 km), Madhya Pradesh (244 km), Rajasthan (373 km), Haryana (129 km), and Maharashtra (426 km) (171 km). For the construction of the Delhi to Mumbai motorway, more than 15,000 hectares of land were needed in these five states.
The motorway will begin in Haryana at Gurgaon and travel through Rajasthan at Sawai Madhopur and Jaipur. After that, the road travels through the Madhya Pradesh cities of Ratlam and Vadodara until arriving at Mumbai, Maharashtra. Connectivity to financial centers like Jaipur, Ajmer, Kishangarh, Kota, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Bhopal, Ujjain, Ahmedabad, Indore, Surat, and Vadodara will improve thanks to the Delhi to Mumbai motorway.
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For the entire project, 80 lakh tonnes of cement will be used. Numerous experienced civil engineers and more than fifty lakh workers for motorway construction are expected to find work as a result of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway route map.
The approximate cost of building the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway includes the cost of land acquisition. According to the Bharatmala Pariyojna Phase-1 plan, the project is being carried out. Out of the 1380 km that have been awarded per the contract and are currently being built, 1200 km will be the overall construction area, according to a statement from the government.
The government will carry out the building of the 52 construction packages for the Delhi–Mumbai highway. The Delhi–Mumbai motorway route would be financed by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) established by India's national highway body. On August 29, 2020, the SPV will be known as DME Development Limited. According to a recent NHAI release, CARE and CRISIL have given AAA ratings.
The Delhi Mumbai Expressway is the first of its kind as it will also have a dedicated lane for electric vehicles, known as the e-lane.The 1,350 Km long Delhi Mumbai expressway will cover many cities including Sohna, Alwar, Dausa, Sawai Madhopur, Kota, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Dahod, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Virar and Mumbai. Also, the Delhi Mumbai expressway will be the first e-way with five animal bridges. One of the main attractions of this entire expressway would be the 4 km long tunnels passing from Mukundara National park and Matheran eco-sensitive zone. This eight-lane wide Delhi Mumbai Expressway is expected to be completed by December 2023.