Every day we wake up to the news of India achieving milestones in different sectors. It goes without saying that the country is experiencing incredible prosperity and growth that has not been witnessed before.
India’s economy continues to climb the global rankings while its infrastructure keeps on improving to offer a better lifestyle to the people.
And how can we forget the ongoing rapid industrial development throughout the country that is taking place with the help of local and foreign investments?
Among the long list of development projects, today however, we will be looking at 6 major expressways in India that are expected to be completed or inaugurated in 2023.
1. Amritsar – Jamnagar Expressway
The 1,224 km long Amritsar – Jamnagar Expressway is an under-construction highway with 4–6 lanes and a route alignment through Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, and Punjab. What should be noted here is that 915.85 km of this highway is planned to be constructed on a greenfield alignment.
And the rest will be completed by rebuilding and upgrading existing national highways. The construction on its greenfield section began in 2019 with two primary goals, boosting exports and improving the efficiency of freight traffic.
In case you are wondering, the total budget for the Amritsar-Jamnagar Expressway is Rs 80,000 crore, and it is expected to be completed in 2023.
The transit time from Amritsar to Jamnagar will be reduced from 26 to 13 hours after the completion of this expressway. Similarly, the distance between the two cities will decrease from 1,430 km to 1,256 km.
2. Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg
The Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg, also known as the Mumbai – Nagpur Expressway, is a 701 km long, 6-lane under-construction, access-controlled road with a route alignment that connects Village Shivmadka in Nagpur district to Thane district’s Village Amane.
The construction of the Mumbai – Nagpur Expressway was first announced in 2015, and its land acquisition began in July 2017. It’s interesting to note that Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for this expressway in December 2018, and in December 2022 he inaugurated the first phase, stretching up to 520 km and connecting Nagpur to Shirdi.
The rest of the project is expected to be inaugurated by September 2023.
Currently, it is a partially operational and under-construction expressway with a total budget of Rs 55,000 crore. It is a 6m wide road designed for a top speed of 150 km/h.
3. Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway
The Delhi-Amritsar-Katra-Expressway is a four-lane road set to be inaugurated by the end of 2023. The 650 km-long Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway is being built with an estimated budget of Rs 47,000 crore. It is an under-construction 4-lane access-controlled road.
Reducing the distance from 730 km to 590 km, the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway will help travellers go from Katra to Delhi in six hours instead of 14. What’s interesting to note here is that this expressway is a mix of Brownfield expressways and Greenfield expressways, passing through Delhi, Jammu, Haryana, Kashmir, and Punjab states.
The Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway will have numerous facilities, including truck stops, food courts, bus depots, traffic police stations, and recreational centres. Most importantly, the expressway will also have trauma centres, ambulances, fire brigades, and other facilities for travellers’ convenience and safety.
The under-construction expressway has 4 lanes at the moment, but it might be expanded to an 8-lane expressway to allow the traffic to flow smoothly.
4. Dwarka Expressway
The Dwarka Expressway is a 29.10 km long, under-construction access-controlled expressway. It has a route alignment that connects Mahipalpur in Delhi with Kherki Dhaula through Gurgaon in Haryana.
While the expressway was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022, the finishing date was extended to June 2023. The Dwarka Expressway is being built at an estimated cost of 8,662 crore.
The expressway is designed with 8 lanes, along with a few service lanes. You should know that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has plans to build a metro line along the Dwarka Expressway. However, the proposed project is currently awaiting approval from the Haryana government.
Another thing that stands out about the Dwarka Expressway is related to its construction plans. It is expected to have 2 rail overbridges or underpasses, 25+ flyovers or bridges, 30 underground pedestrian crossings, 2.5 metre-wide bike or cycle paths, and 11 vehicle underpasses.
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5. Bangalore – Mysore Expressway
This is another 6-lane access-controlled expressway from Bangalore to Mysore with a route alignment in Karnataka. Stretching to 119 km, this entire project has an estimated cost of Rs 8,066 crore.
The Prime Minister inaugurated and opened this expressway on 12 March 2023, although the initial deadline was October 2022. Furthermore, the Bangalore-Mysore Expressway consists of 2 phases.
Phase 1 refers to the 58 km stretch from Bangalore to Nidhaghatta, and Phase 2 is 61 km from Nidhaghatta to Mysore. Interestingly, the Bangalore to Mysore expressway is designed to have 44 small and 19 large bridges, plus 50 underpasses for the public. Moreover, it will have 4 railway overbridges as well.
The Bangalore to Mysore expressway currently has 6 lanes, but these could be increased to 10 in the future.
6. Ahmedabad – Dholera Expressway
The Ahmedabad-Dholera expressway is a 109 km greenfield corridor with a total development cost of Rs 4,200 crore.
This expressway is scheduled to be completed in 2023, reducing the travel time between Ahmedabad and Dholera from two and a half hours to only one hour. Plus, this road will also provide direct access to the airport at Dholera, adding a lot of convenience to the lives of travellers.
Interestingly, it has a total width of 120 metres out of which 90 metres is for vehicles and the remaining 30 metres is for the construction of a railway corridor. The connectivity offered by this expressway is immensely helpful and is expected to boost industrial activities in Dholera and Ahmedabad to a great extent.
Upon completion, this expressway will be India’s first multimodal corridor, as it will have an expressway and a railway track.
A point to note is that these major expressways in India, and other under-development expressways throughout the country will ultimately promote tourism and growth in various industries.
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