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Gurugram, Sep 16 : As part of the two-day inspection programme of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Thursday took stock of the ongoing construction work of the project in Haryana’s Gurugram district.
Gadkari along with Union Minister of Corporate Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar visited the Sohna section of the expressway on Thursday morning.
The 1,350 km long Delhi-Mumbai expressway, covering the states of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, which is being constructed at a cost of Rs 98,000 crore, will be the longest expressway in the country.
In Haryana, 160 km of the total expressway passes through the state and the section is being built at a cost of more than Rs 10,400 crore with contracts for 130 km already awarded.
“Delhi-Mumbai expressway will be the longest expressway in the history of the country. It will be the world’s largest expressway,” Gadkari said after inspection of the project.
The Union Minister said the Government is committed to complete the project by 2023, maintaining the highest quality of standard.
He expressed gratitude to the Chief Ministers of all the states through which the expressway passes and said that without their support and cooperation, it would not have been possible to start the project.
This expressway will bring economic prosperity and development to the states of Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra, he stated.
Gadkari further said, “A six-lane DND from Faridabad-Ballabgarh connecting to the Delhi-Mumbai expressway will be made at the cost of Rs 5,000 crore. With this 60 km long road, Ashram, Badarpur, Faridabad will see ease in traffic and pollution in Delhi will come down.”
While Haryana CM Khattar said around 73 villages will be benefited for this expressway as people will get livelihood.
The 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.
The foundation stone of the project was laid in 2019.