The Delhi-Mumbai expressway is a major infrastructure project that aims to connect the financial capital of India, Mumbai, with the national capital, Delhi. Once completed, the expressway will be 1,382 km long and is estimated to be worth ₹1 lakh crore. The expressway will reduce the travel time between the two cities from the current 24 hours to just 12 hours.
The expressway is being developed as part of the Prime Minister’s vision for integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infrastructure connectivity projects, known as ‘PM Gati Shakti’. The expressway will be known as ‘Samruddhi Mahamarg’ and will connect to the Delhi Mumbai Expressway.
As part of the project, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is implementing the Advance Traffic Management System (ATMS) on the expressway. This system is designed to manage incidents of road crashes, enforce speed limits and other regulations on highways. NHAI is also looking at using GIS technology to analyze drone videos and Network Survey Vehicle data to identify safety issues on the expressway.
The expressway will connect urban centers in Delhi, such as Faridabad and Sohna, with a spur to the Jewar Airport and Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai. The expressway will pass through six states in India, including Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. By improving connectivity to economic hubs such as Jaipur, Kota, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and Surat, the expressway is expected to bring economic prosperity to millions of people.
The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway project was kicked off in 2018 and the foundation stone was laid on 9th March 2019. As of now, contracts for more than 1,200 km of the expressway have already been awarded and work is currently in progress. The expressway is expected to be completed within the next few years, once it will become operational it will give a boost to the economy by reducing the logistic cost and time, also it will improve the connectivity between the two major cities of India.