Delhi-Mumbai highway to be ready in 3 years, cut travel distance by 280 km

Delhi-Mumbai highway to be ready in 3 years, cut travel distance by 280 km
Rs 16,000 crore has been saved on land acquisition for the project as the highway will pass through socially & economically backward areas of five states, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said (Representational Image)

Motorists will be able to drive from Delhi to Mumbai within just 12 hours with the construction of a new highway that will cut the travel distance on the route by 280 km, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday.

“We are building a highway worth Rs 1,03,000 crore between Delhi and Mumbai. I assure you that within three years from now, you will be able to drive to Mumbai from Delhi in your car and reach there within 12 hours,” the Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs said.

He said the land acquisition for the highway has been completed and 32 contracts out of 60 have already been awarded.

“The highway starts from Sohna near Gurugram and will cut the travel distance between Delhi and Mumbai by 280 km,” Gadkari said at a conference of Assocham.

The minister also said Rs 16,000 crore has been saved on land acquisition for the project, owing to the highway passing through socially and economically backward tribal areas of five states.

The states include Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Haryana.

“Had we taken the alignment of Delhi-Ahmedabad-Surat-Vadodara-Mumbai, the land acquisition cost would have come to Rs 6 crore per acre, but now, this cost has come to Rs 80 lakh per acre,” Gadkari said.

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