• In India, it will be the world’s largest expressway.
  • On September 17, 2021, the union minister for transport, road, and highways announced that the world’s largest highway in India will be Delhi Mumbai express highway.
  • By March 2022 the project is expected to be completed.
  • On September 17, on the second day of the two-day aerial survey, after inspecting the Bharuch section of the expressway, Gadkari made this announcement.
  • The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will have India’s first 8-lane bridge that is being built across the Narmada River near Bharuch, Gujarat, tweeted Gadkari.
  • It will be 1,380-km long and 8-lane wide.
  • It will be travel up to Jawaharlal Nehru trust (JNPT) whereas, the government is planning up to Nariman point.
  • 98,000 crores will be the cost of developing the expressway.
  • It will run through Gujarat (426 km), Rajasthan (373 km), Madhya Pradesh (244 km), Maharashtra (171 km), Haryana (129 km), and Delhi (9 km).
  • It will comprise of wayside amenities across 93 places that will include all the facilities.
  • This expressway will also be the first in India to have helipads and fully equipped trauma centers.
  • As an environment-friendly expressway, it will have a green cover with 2 million trees.
  • At every 500 meters, it will have a drip irrigation system.
  • The expressway will connect the urban centers of Delhi through the Delhi-Faridabad-Sohna section to Jewar Airport and Jawaharlal Nehru Port to Mumbai.
  • The expressway will also connect with several other expressways such as Delhi-Noida Direct Flyway (DND) in Delhi, Ahmedabad-Vadodara Expressway in Gujarat, Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway (KMP) in Haryana, and Mumbai-Pune Expressway, and Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway.
  • It will be the first expressway to have wildlife corridors.

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