Union Minister Nitin Gadkari recently stated that the distance between Mumbai and Bengaluru might soon be covered in just 5 hours. October 15, 2022, the Minister of State for Highways and Transport (MoRTH) was speaking at a virtual press conference for the Association of National Exchanges Members of India (ANMI) during their 12th International Convention. He said that the government is preparing a brand-new, environmentally friendly expressway that will link the state capitals of Maharashtra and Karnataka in under 5 hours. He further said that the distance between Bengaluru and Pune will now just require 3.5 to 4 hours. The new highway’s operational date has not yet been disclosed in full
He said that “we are designing a green express highway between Mumbai and Bangalore. He further said that the Mumbai-Pune Express Highway will turn at Pune’s Ring Road and begin as the Highway towards Bangalore, taking a 5-hour journey from Mumbai to Bangalore and 3.5 to 4 hours from Pune to Bangalore.
The new green highway is a component of MoRTH’s expansive infrastructure plan, which intends to significantly increase road connectivity throughout the nation. The same has led to the planning of about 27 green expressways. “By the end of this year, there will be highways connecting Delhi to Dehradun in two hours, Delhi to Haridwar in two hours, Delhi to Jaipur in two hours, Delhi to Chandigarh in two hours, Delhi to Amritsar in four hours, Delhi to Srinagar in eight hours, Delhi to Katra in six hours, Delhi to Mumbai in ten hours, Chennai to Bengaluru in two hours, and Lucknow to Kanpur in thirty minutes,” Gadkari said.
Additionally, there are plans to build highways from Varanasi to Kolkata and Gorakhpur to Siliguri. The minister declared, “Like the National Water Grid, we intend to create a National Highway Grid. Additionally, he noted that toll revenue currently totals Rs. 40,000 crores and will increase to Rs. 1.40 lakh crore by the end of 2024.