The Railways Ministry has decided to build a new rail corridor along the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai expressway, which is going to be India’s longest expressway upon completion.
The Ministry is keen to build the corridor because no fresh land acquisition would be required for the project. In the absence of this major hurdle, the mega project will prove to be cost-effective.
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As per sources, it is possible that the proposed corridor will be an elevated one. It is yet to be decided whether the new corridor will be used to run only freight trains, passenger trains or a mix of both.
The 1320 km long expressway will connect Delhi’s DND Flyway with Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai. It will reduce the travel time between the two cities to just 12-13 hours, as compared to the 24 hours at present.
The expressway is likely to be completed by January 26, 2023.