Delhi-Mumbai Expressway: Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on September 17, 2021, declared that Delhi-Mumbai Express Highway is being built as the world’s longest highway in India. The plan is supposed to be finished by March 2022.
Gadkari made these predictions on day two of the two-day aeronautical survey of the Delhi-Mumbai Express after examining the Bharuch section of the expressway on September 17.
World’s largest expressway: Delhi-Mumbai Expressway – 10 key points you should know
(i) The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will be the world’s largest highway. It will be 1,380-km long and 8-lane wide. It will go up to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) but the administration is preparing to expand it up to Nariman Point.
(ii) The expressway will consist of Wayside Amenities across 93 places that will cover departments such as hotels, ATMs, food courts, retails shops, fuel stations, charging stations for electric vehicles. The expressway will also be the first in India that will have helipads and fully furnished trauma centres at every 100-km for accident victims.
(iii) The expressway will assist to cover the distance between Mumbai and Delhi in 18 to 20 hours by truck and 12 to 13 hours by car. First, it took 48 hours by truck and 24 to 26 hours by car to cover the gap between Mumbai and Delhi.
(iv) The expressway is supposed to be developed by March 2022. The cost of developing the expressway is Rs 98,000 crores. The Delhi-Mumbai expressway route map will run through Gujarat (426 km), Rajasthan (373 km), Madhya Pradesh (244 km), Maharashtra (171 km), Haryana (129 km), and Delhi (9 km).
(v) The expressway will have a green cover with 2 million trees as an environment-friendly expressway. The complete range will have drip watering with a rainwater harvesting system at every 500 metres.
(vi) The expressway will combine the urban centres of Delhi through the Delhi-Faridabad-Sohna division to Jewar Airport and Jawaharlal Nehru Port to Mumbai.
(vii) The expressway will also join with several other expressways such as Delhi-Noida Direct Flyway (DND) in Delhi, Ahmedabad-Vadodara Expressway in Gujarat, Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway (KMP) in Haryana, and Mumbai-Pune Expressway, and Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway.
(viiI) The expressway will have India’s first iconic 8-lane bridge that is being developed across the Narmada river near Bharuch, Gujarat.
(ix) The expressway will have 5 wildlife bridges along a mixed 2.5 km stretch. This will be the first expressway that will have wildlife passageways, all of which are famous Tiger reserves of India. The section of the expressway passing through the wildlife passageway will have 6-foot tall dividers on each side to prevent animal trespassing.
(x) The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has granted construction work in 52 packages to 20 construction companies.