From November, you can reach the Pink City from Gurugram’s Rajeev Chowk in less than two and a half hours.
This follows the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) extending the 250 km Gurugram-Dausa stretch of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway (DME).
Currently, it takes about four hours to reach Jaipur from Gurugram during the day.
Originally, NHAI had fixed November 2021 as the opening date for the stretch, which was later extended to June 2022. Due to a number of factors, including the two spells of the Covid-19 pandemic, the timeframe keeps changing.
Currently, the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway starts from Sohna in Gurugram. Jaipur-bound passengers from Delhi can take the existing Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway up to Rajeev Chowk and then take the Gurgaon-Sohna Elevated Road, which gives direct access to the DME.
At DME, they have to get down at Dausa and then, take the existing 4-lane National Highway (NH) which connects Dausa to Jaipur. The existing NH link from Dausa has sufficient capacity for the current traffic flow.
The total distance through this route from Rajiv Chowk in Gurugram to Jaipur will be around 260 km.
Since the entire stretch from Rajiv Chowk to Dausa is access controlled, it will allow vehicles to travel at a speed of 120 kmph, which is the permitted limit.
Delhi-Mumbai Expressway (DME)
The 1,380 km Delhi-Mumbai Expressway passing through Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat aims to reduce the travel time between the two cities to 12 hours from the current 24 hours.
The eight-lane access-controlled expressway may be expanded to a 12-lane expressway in the future depending on traffic volume.
The expressway has a spur connection to Delhi’s DND, Greater Noida’s Jewar Airport and Jawaharlal Nehru Port near Mumbai.
The entire expressway with three spur connections is expected to be completed by June 2024. The Gurugram-Dausa stretch will be the first stretch of the country’s longest expressway to be commissioned.
Meanwhile NHAI has bid for a new greenfield six-lane highway from Bandikui to Jaipur on the expressway.
The link road is planned to meet the quantum jump in traffic on the Delhi-Jaipur route, which cannot be adequately handled by the existing highway link from Dausa.
A 67 km-link road will connect the expressway with the Jaipur Ring Road. NHAI has already awarded the project work.