India Opens The 1st Stage of Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway
The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will cut the travel time between 2 cities in half (12 hours only). Rajasthan also got development projects of ₹18,100 crores.
The first phase of India’s longest expressway, which connects New Delhi and Mumbai, was officially opened on Sunday as part of an extensive infrastructure push by the country to catch up to geopolitical competitor China.
The ₹1.08 lakh crore ambitious project will eventually shorten the distance by automobile between the two largest cities in the nation in half, to 12 hours.
India’s infrastructure is decades ahead of that of its northern neighbor, despite the fact that it is the world’s fastest-growing global superpower and will soon be acknowledged as its most populous country.
The Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway, a route that covers a distance of 1,386 kilometers, was announced via a sign over one of the newest four carriageways (861 miles).
The 246-kilometer first stage, which links the capital with the tourist destination of Jaipur in Rajasthan, was officially opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.
“Such investments in trains, motorways, subway lines, and airports are crucial to driving the country’s growth pace, attracting additional investments, and creating new jobs,” he said, calling it a “symbol of developing India.”
Since a fatal military conflict on their Ladakh border in 2020, the third-largest economy in Asia has redoubled efforts to build up its own economic capabilities and detach itself from an assertive China’s supply lines.
Many important projects have been accelerated by a nervous New Delhi, and last month, Modi’s administration promised an extraordinary 33 percent boost in infrastructure spending.
At least a dozen significant railway, road, motorway, and port projects are anticipated to be inaugurated by the Indian prime minister in the upcoming months.
With 1.3 million employees and one of the largest rail networks in the world, India has to spend heavily in both track and train stock. To do this, the government is looking to raise private financing.
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Beijing has invested hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure over many years, and as a result, China now has the greatest high-speed rail network in the world, a comprehensive network of highways, and glittering airports.
The construction of India’s first high-speed rail line, a $13 billion Japanese-funded undertaking between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, is still ongoing but has been hampered by delays in land acquisition and other administrative processes.