Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways has
laid the foundation stone for the Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway. The 1320 km
long Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway is expected to be developed by 2022.
The Expressway aims to decongest the congested Delhi-Mumbai
national corridor or NH-8 section of the Golden Quadrilateral. Golden
Quadrilateral is a network of highways connecting four big metropolitan cities
of India viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, thereby, forming a
quadrilateral. The project was launched in 2001 as part of National
Highways Development Project (NHDP). National Highways Development Programme
(NHDP) was launched in 1998 with the objective of developing roads of
international standards which facilitate smooth flow of traffic. It is implemented by National Highways
Authority of India (NHAI),
The Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway is expected
to reduce the distance between Delhi and Mumbai by 150 km. It will also reduce
the distance between Delhi and important cities like Kota, Bhopal and Indore by
about 100 km.