The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway making headlines

Photos of the soon-to-be-opened Delhi-Mumbai Expressway have gone viral, garnering widespread praise.

Mumbai-Delhi Expressway

  • The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway is a proposed 1380 km motorway that would connect India’s capital city of Delhi with Mumbai.
  • The motorway will be six lanes wide and will run through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra.
  • The project, which began in 2018, is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
  • The motorway will cut travel time between Delhi and Mumbai by up to 12 hours.
  • The motorway will also include a number of rest stops and advanced technology such as electronic toll collection, smart traffic management, and surveillance systems.
  • The motorway will be constructed using a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model.

Some fundamentals

  • The motorway is being built with a budget of INR 98,000 crore.
  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways claims that it will shorten the distance between Delhi and Mumbai by 180 kilometres (from 1424 km to 1242 km).
  • Depending on the volume of traffic, there are plans to expand the motorway to a 12-lane motorway in the future.
  • The reduction in distance and travel time is expected to save more than 320 million litres of fuel per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 850 million kg.

Some distinguishing characteristics

  • Importantly, the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will include features not commonly seen in Indian road construction.
  • According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the motorway will have a cutting-edge traffic management system.
  • There will also be a three-metre-wide corridor for laying utility lines such as fibre optic cables, pipelines, and solar power generation.
  • The motorway will also include provisions for rainwater harvesting at 500-meter intervals, as well as over 2000 water recharge points.

Provisions for wildlife conservation

  • The project’s provisions for “wildlife conservation” will be critical.
  • The motorway is the first in Asia and only the second in the world to include animal overpasses and underpasses to allow for unrestricted wildlife movement.
  • Furthermore, the motorway has been designed to avoid destroying protected forests.
  • Two iconic eight-lane tunnels will also be built, one through the Mukundra sanctuary without disturbing the region’s endangered fauna, and the other through the Matheran eco-sensitive zone.
  • In wildlife-prone areas, a 3-foot-tall boundary wall and sound barriers will be built.
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