Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for the 1,320 km long Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai expressway on 8 March (Friday). This project has an estimated cost of 90,000 crores and is expected to be completed by 2022.
The expressway is expected to reduce the distance between Delhi and Mumbai by around 150 kms. The expressway would also reduce the distance between Delhi and essential cities like Indore, Bhopal and Kota, by approximately 100 km.
The Delhi-Vadodara Expressway is being built in five phases. The bids have been invited for all these phases. While the Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway is being constructed in three phases as reported by The Hindu.
Accompanied by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for eight-lane access controlled Dwarka Expressway.
The 29-km long road passes through Haryana and Delhi and shall serve as an alternate link to NH-8 for road connectivity between Delhi and Gurgaon. Furthermore, it shall also connect western Delhi and parts of Haryana with Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport.