New Delhi: The Government has started work on five expressways including Delhi-Meerut while other seven projects will be launched soon according to the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Gadkari said addressing the media here that they are constructing 12 new express highways. Work on five has already started. The Eastern Peripheral expressway is included in this and is expected to be completed by August 15 this year and Delhi-Meerut expressway.
The minister said work will begin on Vadodara-Mumbai project this year, after inaugurating an exhibition at India Integrated Transport & Logistics Summit 2017.
He also said that the alignments for Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Ludhiana- Amritsar-Katra expressways have been finalised.
He said that the other projects are the 250 km Bangalore- Chennai expressway besides the Hyderabad-Vijaywada and Nagpur-Hyderabad projects.
According to the Minister at present the road building pace has reached 23 km a day and in March 2018 it would touch 40 km a day.
Under Bharatmala a massive road network will be built that would include highways in border areas and hilly terrains besides road connectivity to district headquarters and tribal areas according to him.