The government has approved construction of a new expressway between New Delhi and Mumbai which would cut travel time between the two cities substantially. The project, which is expected to be completed in three years, will cost around Rs 1 lakh crore.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said the government is also planning to build Chambal Expressway which would benefit states like Madhya Pradesh and Chennai.
Gadkari also outlined major initiatives of his ministry for de-congestion of Delhi-NCR. A total of ten projects are underway costing Rs 35,600 crore.
"About forty thousand commercial vehicles enter Delhi on a daily basis, which cause increased pollution and congestion in the city state. An ambitious scheme of developing Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways around Delhi was taken up," Gadkari said.
The Eastern Peripheral Expressway will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 29. Similarly, to ease traffic in East Delhi, Delhi-Meerut Expressway was envisaged, and its Delhi-Dasna portion will also be inaugurated by the PM on the same day. PM Modi is likely to hold a roadshow on the newly built section of the expressway.