Nitin Gadkari said that out of the total 1,350 km Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, 350 km has already been constructed and 825 km is under construction. The minister also assured that the bids are being finalized for the remaining 163 km of the expressway, which is likely to be awarded within this financial year. Due to the Corona epidemic, there was a slight blockage in the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, after which all the projects are being worked on at a rapid pace.
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The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway aims to significantly reduce the travel time between the two cities. Built at a total cost of around Rs 1 lakh crore, the expressway will allow vehicles to run at a speed of 120 kmph. The distance between Delhi and Mumbai is now covered in 24 hours, after the construction of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, this time will be reduced to 12 hours. It will be a faster alternative to travel between Delhi-Mumbai as compared to the train.
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The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway is the first greenfield expressway being built by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The first phase of this expressway will have eight lanes, which will later be expanded to 12 lanes in the second phase. It will also have six-foot walls on either side to prevent animals and pedestrians from entering the lane.
Starting from Sohna in Haryana and ending at Mira Bhayander near Mumbai, this expressway will also include animal corridors. The Animal Overpass has also been included in the construction plan as it passes through several reserve forests. The expressway will also have facilities like multiple exit points, restaurants, restrooms and petrol pumps for the convenience of the passengers.
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