Delhi-Mumbai Expressway to be ready in next 3 yrs : Gadkari


Agencies, New Delhi, Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said the significant Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will be ready in next three years which will reduce travel time by almost 16 hours. Addressing a press conference while inaugurating the unique Rooftop Cafe on the the newly-built automated car parking in the Transport Bhawan here, Mr Gadkari said, ''Delhi-Mumbai National Expressway will be ready in next three years and its length will be 1300 km.'' Earlier, travelling to Mumbai from Delhi used to take about 28 hours but now this time will get reduced to 12 and a half hours once it becomes functional, the Minister said. While constructing this road, importance will be paid to backward and tribal areas of Rajasthan, Haryana, among five states. The opening of this crucial highway will increase the export and import activities via road network. ''Also, transport rate of trucks will further reduce, which will consecutively reduce the logistics cost. This will provide employment to tribal people as well, thus providing them with a means of living,'' the Minister added. Mr Gadkari while highlighting the key points of the project also said that Rs 16000 crore has been saved in this project. Talking about an important initiative taken by his Ministry he also said,''Now, roads with a speed of 32 km per day are getting constructed which will soon reach our target of 40 km per day.''

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