Mumbai and Kolkata set to gain seamless expressway connectivity by 2028

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India’s remarkable surge in road network development has propelled it to become the second-largest road network globally.

With a focus on future road connectivity, numerous road projects are in the pipeline, including the construction and expansion of national highways and high-speed corridors.

In a significant development, Mumbai and Kolkata are poised to benefit from nearly seamless access-controlled expressway connectivity by 2028. This transformational connectivity will be facilitated by several upcoming expressways linking various cities between the two metropolitans.

The key expressways contributing to this connectivity include the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway, the Nagpur-Bhandara-Gondia Expressway, the Raipur-Dhanbad Economic Corridor, and the Varanasi-Kolkata Expressway. Despite some sections remaining incomplete, particularly between Bhandara and Raipur, the majority of the route will feature seamless access-controlled expressways.

While awaiting confirmation from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), speculation arises following the proposal of the Nagpur-Bhandara-Gondia Expressway, an extension of the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway. This extension aims to significantly reduce travel time between Nagpur and Gondia, currently taking 4 to 5 hours, to about two hours.

Additionally, 2024 is set to witness the completion of several expressways across the country. Notable projects include the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway (Phase 4), the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, and the Ganga Expressway, among others. These projects underscore India’s commitment to enhancing transportation infrastructure and facilitating efficient travel nationwide.