Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport, announced during a speech at an event hosted by the Hydraulic Trailer Owners Association that the Road Transport Ministry intends to construct an electric highway connecting the cities of Delhi and Mumbai. These tunnels are expected to cost Rs. 2.5 lakh crore to build, according to the ministry. Trolleybus and trolley tracks will be allowed to run on these routes, he noted.
As opposed to an electric highway, which normally refers to a road that gives power to moving cars, including through overhead power lines, trolleybuses are electric buses that get their energy from overhead wires. Gadkari added that his ministry has decided to build four-lane roads connecting each district. In order to combat the issue of pollution, he also urged owners of heavy vehicles to embrace alternative fuels including ethanol, methanol, and green hydrogen. I implore owners of heavy vehicles to switch to cheaper import alternatives like ethanol, methanol, and green hydrogen.
Earlier, the minister tweeted to let us know that the Northern Peripheral Road, commonly known as the Dwarka Expressway, will open to traffic in 2023 and aid to relieve congestion on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway. He mentioned that this expressway would be built as India's first elevated urban expressway and would relieve some of the traffic on the arterial highways and the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway. Gadkari continued by saying that the 29-km expressway connecting Dwarka in Delhi with Gurugram in Haryana is being built at a total cost of Rs 9,000 crore, and that around 19 km of the expressway stretch is in Haryana and the final 10 km is in Delhi. 20 lakh cubic metres of concrete and 2 lakh MT of steel are expected to be used in the expressway.