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5 New Greenfield Highways To Cut Travel Time Planned: All You Need To Know

May 15, 2018
Only last month the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry had announced the building of a Super Expressway between Mumbai and Delhi. A dream come true for road trip enthusiasts, this super expressway is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities by half, covering 1,410 km in less than 12 hours!

Similarly, the Ministry has now identified at least five greenfield road networks connecting major industrial and manufacturing hubs, with an aim to reduce the distance on these stretches up to 200 km, reported The Times of India.These five new highway routes include Bhatinda-Kandla, Bhatinda-Ajmer, Raipur-Vishakhapatnam, Chennai-Salem and Ambala-Katputli.
The idea of the ministry is to build more greenfield highways which means the land used for the construction of these highways will be the one that has never been used (e.g. green or new), one where there is no need to demolish or rebuild any existing structures.
These highways will be built with a straight alignment rather than expanding the existing corridors. Greenfield highways help avoid delay in land acquisition, high cost for procuring land and removal of encroachments.
The new highway between Bhatinda and Kandla passing through Hanumangarh, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Barmer and Sanchore in Rajasthan is expected to bring down the current distance of 1,100 km to 900 km. The ministry is reported to have proposed a 4-lane greenfield highway involving less expenditure.
The other greenfield highway between Bhatinda and Ajmer, passing through Sirsa in Haryana and Sikar in Rajasthan is expected to reduce the distance by 120 km.
Similarly, the greenfield highway between Chennai and Salem in Tamil Nadu may bring down the distance by 70 km.

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