Delhi to Jaipur in just 2 hours! Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari announced on Monday that a electric bus service will be introduced in Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. The plan involves laying electrical cables along the highway, enabling a two-hour journey from Delhi to Jaipur. Gadkari further stated that the fare of this electric bus service will be 30 percent less than that of a diesel bus.
According to a PTI report, these announcements were made during the inauguration and foundation stone laying ceremony of 17 road projects in Udaipur with an investment of over Rs 2,500 crore. Among these projects, a 67-kilometre four-lane expressway from Bandikui to Jaipur, costing Rs 1,370 crore, is expected to be completed by November 2024.
Gadkari also highlighted the importance of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, which is the first in Asia and the second in the world to have an animal crossing. This viaduct aims to guarantee the safety of animals, preventing them from crossing the road. He expressed his satisfaction over the progress made in Rajasthan, saying the state's roads are up to international standards.
Furthermore, Gadkari assured that the national highways of Rajasthan will be on par with America's national highways by the end of 2024. The Center is currently investing Rs 60,000 crores in the construction of express highways in Rajasthan in addition to the ongoing construction of the 1,382 km Delhi-Mumbai express highway worth Rs 1 lakh crore. So far, works worth Rs 22,000 crore have been completed in the state.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma, who was present at the ceremony, emphasized the importance of Udaipur as a tourist destination. He referred to it as the 'Kashmir of Rajasthan' and praised the development initiatives undertaken by the government since 2014 under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Sharma assured that the state government is committed to fulfilling its promises and completing projects like the Maharana Pratap Corridor in a timely manner. He expressed confidence in the partnership between the Center and the Rajasthan government to fulfill the aspirations of the people.