Path To Development: Haryana’s Nuh District Residents Campaign Demanding Access To Delhi – Mumbai Expressway

The prestigious Delhi-Mumbai Expressway (DME) is becoming a source of protests in Haryana. This time protests have erupted not to halt or change the plan of the infrastructure project but to become a part of the project.

Here the residents of Nuh district have launched a campaign seeking access to the DME near Marora village.

The campaign demanding access to the DME was kicked off at Khanpur Ghati village of Ferozepur Block. Rajuddin Meo, the convener of Mewat RTI Manch, who is leading the campaign, said that access to the expressway near Marora village would benefit the devotees from Haryana, Rajasthan and UP visiting the holy places such as Tijara, Vrindavan, Kashi, and Mathura.

“Locals with no response from the authorities to their demand for access to the expressway for the past two years might even be forced to obstruct the construction of the expressway as a last resort,” said former sarpanch Gopi Kisan.

The locals plan to collect 20,000 signatures in support of their campaign and send a petition to PM Narendra Modi in this regard, reports The Hindu.

Being developed at Rs 98,000 crores, the 1,380 km long Delhi Mumbai Expressway will be the longest in India.

It will enhance connectivity between National Capital, Delhi and Financial Capital, Mumbai.

The expressway will connect the urban centres of Delhi through the Delhi-Faridabad-Sohna section of the corridor along with a spur to Jewar Airport and Jawaharlal Nehru Port to Mumbai through a spur in Mumbai.

This greenfield expressway is expected to halve the commute time between Delhi and Mumbai from nearly 24 hours to 12 hours and shorten the distance by 130 km.

One other unique aspect of the Delhi Mumbai Expressway is the setting up 94-way side amenities (WSA) to improve user convenience and safety along the corridor.

Wayside amenities will house petrol pumps, motels, rest areas, restaurants and shops. These Wayside amenities will also have helipads for increasing connectivity and evacuating people in case of medical emergencies.