Government to invest Rs100,000-cr in a new Delhi-Mumbai expressway

17 Apr 2018

The centre has announced plans to build a new expressway connecting Mumbai and Delhi that will be aligned to pass through the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Union minister of road transport and highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari said the new express highway connecting Delhi and Mumbai will be built at a cost of Rs1,00,000 crore. 
“A sum of Rs 1 lakh crore will be spent on this expressway … Nitin Gadkari outlined major initiatives of his ministry for de-congestion of Delhi NCR. A total of ten projects are underway costing Rs35,600 crore,” he said.
Gadkari also said plans are afoot to also build a Chambal expressway connecting the Delhi-Mumbai expressway. The Chambal expressway will benefit states like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, he said.
About 40,000 commercial vehicles enter Delhi on a daily basis, which cause pollution and congestion in the city state, Gadkari, who also holds the water resources and Ganga rejuvenation portfolios, said in the statement.
He said the government has taken up an ambitious scheme of developing Eastern and Western peripheral expressways around Delhi, adding that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Eastern peripheral expressway on 29 April.
The prime minister will also inaugurate the Delhi-Dasna portion of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, which has been envisaged to ease traffic in East Delhi.
Besides, Gadkari said, work on signal-free corridor from Dhaula Kuan to New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has been awarded at a cost of Rs260 crore.
Similarly, he said, an eight-lane fully access-controlled Dwarka Expressway is being developed in four packages. 
Three packages of the project work have already been awarded, and work on the expressway is likely to start in a month’s time, he added. Total investment on the project is Rs 9,500 crore.
Additionally, a bypass is being envisaged to connect Dwarka/NH8 for improvement of Mahipalpur at Rangpuri, he said. 
Regarding development of major junctions on NH8 in Gurugram like the flyover and underpass at IFFCO Chowk, Signature Tower intersection, Rajiv Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk, the minister said, the work costing Rs1,000 crore has been substantially completed.

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