India builds world's longest highway from Delhi to Mumbai

India is building the longest highway from Delhi to Mumbai

In recent years Indian authorities are making a lot of efforts to modernize the obviously outdated infrastructure inside the country and catch up with competitor neighboring China.

After the completion of the construction of the new 8-lane highway — four rows in each direction — will be India's longest traffic light freeway. It will halve the travel time between the two cities, the journey will take only 12 hours.

The first open 246-kilometer section of the highway connects Delhi with the popular tourist city of Lalsot in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. Tens of thousands of travelers from all over the world come here to admire the majestic palaces and picturesque mountains.

Earlier, the Indian government reported that it had invested about $ 13 billion in a project aimed at organizing more convenient and faster communication between the capital and the five states : Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. According to local media, the first 246 km of the modern road cost the authorities $1.4 billion.

The emergence of a new modern highway — a serious boost to the world's fifth largest economy, especially since India will soon become the most populous country on the planet, and its infrastructure still lags far behind China's.

In recent years, China has invested billions in ambitious infrastructure projects, including the world's longest high-speed rail network and an extensive highway system.

On the contrary, Indian trains are notorious for their unreliability, and narrow pothole roads seriously impede the transport of both passengers and goods.


One of the projects designed to radically improve the quality of rail transportation in the country is the Western Freight Corridor. The 1,506-kilometer route under construction will eventually connect the city of Dadri in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh with Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra. The spur will relieve India's rail network and significantly increase the average speed of freight trains.

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