Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also said work on the expressway will be completed by early 2023

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has been spotted inspecting a closed section of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway (DME) at speeds of over 170 km/hr.

Sitting in the front passenger seat of a certain premium MPV made by Kia India, the minister saw for himself the progress made on the expressway which will halve the travel time (to 12 hours) between the national capital and financial capital.

Do note that the vehicle in which Union Minister Nitin Gadkari did his brief high-speed travel-cum-inspection was running on a closed section of the expressway which will span 1350 km when it is finished.

Nitin Gadkari
The Centre is focusing on improving India’s highway network (picture used for representation)

The DME will only be open for the public to use by March 2023, and, only 8 lanes will be present initially, while 4 more are being planned to be added based on the number of vehicles that use the expressway.

According to Gadkari, it will add at least Rs. 1000-1500 crores in toll revenue every month to the country’s coffers. It will also mark the implementation of the first phase of the Centre’s Bharatmala Pariyojana.