Delhi-Mumbai Expressway:Delhi to Mumbai in 13 hours soon! Work moving in high gear for Rs 1-trillion
Delhi-Mumbai Expressway: Steady progress is being made on the Rs 1-trillion Delhi-Mumbai Expressway project (1,261 km), with work having started on a 497-km stretch, likely to commence soon on another 162 km that has been awarded and a length of 569 km being under the bidding process. The eight-lane expressway, being built under the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) route, would reduce the distance between the two cities by over 150 km and cut travel time to 13 hours from 24 hours now.
Likely to be ready by 2023-24, the project was necessitated because of heavy congestion on the Delhi-Mumbai National Corridor along NH-48 of the Golden Quadrilateral. The six-lane corridor, a critical component of the country’s road network, sees average traffic of around 80,000 passenger car units (PCUs), a figure that is expected to rise to around 100,000 PCUs soon. What’s worse, widening the corridor further presents logistical challenges.