The foundation stones for Rs 90,000 crore Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway and Rs 9,000 crore Dwarka Expressway have been laid. While the Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway is expected to reduce the present distance between the two major metros by 150 kms, the Dwarka Expressway has been conceived as a bypass of Gurgaon. Nitin Gadkari had laid the foundation stones for the two expressways on March 8.
Conceived as a greenfield project, the 1,320 km Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway is estimated to cost Rs 90,000 crore. The existing Delhi-Mumbai National Corridor (NH-8 section of the Golden Quadrilateral) is one the busiest and most critical routes of the national highways network. Considering the present traffic scenario, the government decided to develop an alternative alignment connecting Delhi with Vadodara, which on linking up with the proposed Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway, would create seamless connectivity between Delhi and Mumbai and improve the efficiency of this highly trafficked National Corridor.
The Delhi-Vadodara Expressway is being taken up in five phases at a cost of Rs 45,000 crore. Bids have been invited for all these phases and are at various stages of finalisation. The Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway is being constructed in three phases at a cost of Rs 45,000 crore. Work has been awarded for a part of phase I and will be done for the remaining phases this year.
The 29 km Dwarka Expressway is being built at a cost of Rs 9,000 crore. This section of NH-8 is a part of Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai arm of Golden Quadrilateral. This Expressway stretches 18.9 kms in Haryana and 10.1 kms in Delhi.