Business Standard: March 08, 2016
New Delhi: The ministry of road transport and highways is planning to build five more expressways, according to sources. These are Vadodara-Mumbai (473 km), Bengaluru-Chennai (264 km), Delhi-Jaipur (226), Kolkata-Dhanbad (277 km), and Delhi-Ludhiana-Amritsar-Katra. Of these, detailed project reports (DPRs) have been prepared for the first four, while the DPR for Delhi-Ludhiana-Amritsar-Katra is yet to be prepared.
The government has begun the construction of the 135-km Eastern Peripheral Expressway, which will connect Uttar Pradesh with Haryana.
An express highway is a controlled-access highway, mostly six-lane or above, where entrance and exit are controlled by the use of slip roads. The 93-km Ahmedabad-Vadodara stretch was the first expressway in the country.
Overall, the Cabinet has approved construction of eight expressways. The Delhi-Agra expressway has already been completed by the Uttar Pradesh government.
According to officials, it was also decided to give top priority to the Vadodara-Mumbai corridor given the traffic density. Officials said land acquisition issues for the 473-km Vadodara-Mumbai expressway had been resolved and the tender would soon be invited for the project.
Officials added that the government was examining various options including taking state governments on board. Under this plan, the state government would contribute by pooling the land or also having a joint venture in the proposed expressway.
Sources said these expressways would not only reduce travel time, but also propel the country's economic growth. The proposed express highways would be 'world-class' in the sense that those would match the quality and specifications in advanced nations.
To expedite work on expressways, the government is also planning to have separate mechanism for expressways, sources added.
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