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Delhi-Mumbai Expressway: World’s Longest Express

Context:

Union Minister concluded the two-day review of the work progress on the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway.

Relevance:

Prelims, GS-III: Industry and Infrastructure

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Highlights of the Delhi–Mumbai Expressway

Highlights of the Delhi–Mumbai Expressway

  • The Delhi–Mumbai Expressway is a 1,350 km long, 8-lane wide (expandable to 12depending on the volume of traffic) expressway connecting India’s national capital New Delhi with its financial capital Mumbai – still under construction.
  • Upon completion in 2023, it will become the world’s longest expressway.
  • The expressway will be the first in Asia and only the second in the world to feature animal overpasses to facilitate unrestricted movement of wildlife.
  • The Expressway is set to also include two iconic 8-lane tunnels, one tunneling through Mukundra sanctuary, Rajasthan and the second will pass through the Matheran eco-sensitive zone, Maharashtra.
  • This expressway, along with Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (Western DFC) will be a vital backbone of the Delhi–Mumbai Industrial Corridor.
  • It will improve connectivity to economic hubs like Jaipur, Kishangarh, Ajmer, Kota, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat.
  • It will result in annual fuel savings of more than 320 million litres and reduce CO2 emissions. The project has also created employment for thousands.

-Source: Financial Express

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