The first phase of the Delhi-Mumbai expressway was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (February 12, 2023), in Rajasthan’s Dausa city. Now, the travel time between Jaipur and the country’s capital will be cut down to only 3.5 hours with the launch of the 229 km Delhi-Jaipur stretch, which is the first stage of the connectivity project.
The 1,386 km expressway, when fully opened, will expectedly reduce the travel time between the two megacities from 24 hours to just 12 hours. The Delhi-Jaipur stretch begins from Haryana’s Sohna city and runs till Rajasthan’s Lalsot city. 120 kmph is the legal top speed permitted on the expressway. According to a report published by DNA, an official from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) shared that only INR 35 paise will be charged per kilometre. If commuters enter the expressway at Sohna and exit at Dausa, they will be covering 200 kilometres. This means they’ll only be paying INR 70 as toll tax.
Delighted to be in Dausa, Rajasthan where key connectivity projects are being launched. These will greatly benefit citizens by reducing travel time. https://t.co/6noM2NH0oX
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 12, 2023
Delhi-Mumbai expressway – what you need to know
“Change in the date”
Now Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji will inaugurate the Sohna-Dausa stretch of the #Delhi_Mumbai_Expressway on 12th February. https://t.co/RrNb9WrcHq
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) January 30, 2023
The whole project is being built with an initial budget of INR 98,000 Crore. The expressway will cover six cities including Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. Trade connectivity will be developed by handling PM Gati Shakti Economic Nodes, 13 ports, 8 major airports, and 8 multi-modal logistic parks.
Multi-lane Delhi-Mumbai expressway to reduce travel time
Reports state that the expressway has been constructed using German technology, and is expected to last for a minimum of 50 years. The multi-lane expressway will also reduce travel time between the country’s national capital and financial capital, as it will have eight lanes, according to Zee News, with the potential of being increased to 12 lanes in total. This will allow vehicles to move at a maximum speed of about 120 kilometres per hour, reports add.
The Mumbai-Delhi Expressway will enhance connectivity to many important cities such as Gurugram, Palwal, Nud, Jaipur, Ajmer, Kota, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Ujjain, Surat and Vadodara, among many others. Not only will this improve road connectivity, but is also expected to boost the economy by making trade and tourism easier.
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