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Government approves plan for 1,000 km expressway network

The Indian government has approved a plan for constructing 1,000 km of Expressways under NHDP Phase-VI at a cost of Rs. 16,680 crore on a design-build-finance-operate-transfer (DBFOT) basis.

The main criteria for selection of Expressway corridors will be the traffic volume. It was also decided that the highest density corridor (the 400-km-long Vododara-Mumbai Corridor) be given top priority and considered for feasibility study.

It was also decided that the remaining 600 km be selected out of the routes identified on the basis of traffic volume. The high density corridors approved under NHDP Phase-VI are: Vododara-Mumbai Corridor (400 km) in Gujarat and Maharashtra; Delhi-Meerut (66 km) on NH-58 in Delhi/UP; Bangalore-Chennai (334 km) on NH-4 in Karnataka/Tamil Nadu; Delhi-Jaipur (261 Km) on NH-8 in Delhi/Rajasthan; Delhi-Chandigarh (249 km) on NH-1 and NH-22, (now changed to Delhi-Ludhiana-Amritsar-Katra Expressway) in Delhi/Punjab/J&K; Kolkata-Dhanbad (277 km) on NH-2 in West Bengal/Jharkhand; and Delhi-Agra (200 km) on NH-2 in Delhi/UP.

The government has also approved taking up the Eastern Peripheral expressway for a length of 135 Km in 6 packages.