JAIPUR/NEW DELHI: On Friday, it was promised that to reduce travel time between the outskirts of Gurgaon and the outer periphery of the Pink City to 90 minutes work will start this year on a super expressway between Jaipur and Delhi by Highways minister Nitin Gadkari . This announcement was made by Gadkari at a public function in Dausa, Rajasthan.
Delhi and Jaipur is at a distance of 260 km and it is said that the proposed super expressway, between the outskirts of Gurgaon and Jaipur, will cover 200 km. Sticking to the notified speed limit, which is 100 kmph for expressways in India (for highways it’s 90) it will be impossible to cover this distance in 90 minutes. Gadkari said different speed limits for such super expressways will be notified to the government.
It takes around 5-6 hours at present to commute between Delhi and Jaipur.
Urging Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje to start the process of land acquisition for the project, Gadkari said: “The Haryana government has cleared the alignment. I request Rajeji to complete land acquisition and give approval for that alignment so that we can start the work this year.”
Gadkari told TOI in Delhi that the present speed limit was fixed at 100 kmph as the country has very few expressways. “We will revise the maximum speed limit. The proposed expressway will take off from the outskirts of Gurgaon and join Jaipur Ring Road (on the outer periphery of the city). We expect this total stretch to be around 200 km. Since it will be access controlled, one can maintain high speed all along the expressway,” he said.
The Delhi-Jaipur expressway can be developed with the design speed of 160-165 kmph, which is being followed for the proposed Mumbai-Vadodara expressway according to the National Highway Authority of India officials. Nitin Gadkari has talked of increasing speed limit on expressways before also.
In March last year, Gadkari addressed industry leaders in Gurgaon, and said the present speed limit would be enhanced by the Centre and on expressways people would be able to drive at 130-140 kmph.
The ambitious project of the Delhi-Jaipur expressway was first conceived during UPA-II, but it made no headway.
News Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com
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