The Mumbai–Vadodara Expressway is a forthcoming expressway along with the length of 380 km or 240 mi. It is a controlled-access and six-lane expressway, providing connectivity to several cities like Vadodara, Gujarat and Mumbai, Maharashtra. The expected cost of this project is ₹44,000 crore or US$6.7 billion.
Engaging projects of High-speed connectivity appears to be among the topmost programmes on the to-do list of the Government. After the announcement of a Bullet Train project, providing connectivity to between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the Government has announced about the construction of a new expressway. It will reduce the travel time between the two cities. At a predicted cost of Rs. 44,000 crore, construction of Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway (380 km-long) is going to start.
The project has been declared by Nitin Gadkari, the Union minister of road transport and highways. According to him, the expressway is going to be axis-controlled, the acquisition of land for this project is completed already. He also added that travelers from Vadodara will be capable of reaching to Mumbai in two-and-a-half to three hours while the highway starts its journey as well as up to Ahmedabad in six hours. They have issued five tenders already in order to initiate the work on the particular expressway.
Gadkari said his government is working for adding the projects of twelve Expressway and has also made an announcement about the construction of further 1.7 lakh kilometres out of 4 lakh kilometres National Highway planned for providing help in decongesting the existing roads.He encouraged state transport ministers, who presented there, for addressing the fast-growing traffic on roads that are developing congestion, as well as pollution, through the concentration on public transport mode. He also said that Public transport must be pollution-free and cheap, therefore, public transport, as well as electric vehicles, are their priority.
Gadkari encouraged ministers for bringing bring in new technology along with innovations for addressing the issue and said that his government at Centre has made a decision to convert 111 rivers into inland waterway.
Union ministry of forest and environment has green flagged this project as well as land acquisition for the purpose of the 380km highway that was experiencing obstacles from landowners of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
The National Highway Authority of India Officials proposed that the expressway is going to initiate from Ghodbandar (Thane district) and is going to travel across through various districts, such as Silvasa, Surat, Navsari, Bharuch, Valsad, and Vadodara. It is eventually going to join the already existing Ahmedabad-Vadodara expressway. A senior official said that once commissioned, an individual, who is heading to Mumbai, will be capable of driving down to Mumbai from Ahmedabad in approximately six hours, the time that is taken by Shatabdi train.
The above-mentioned project had been delayed because of the opposition of Gujarat’s landowners specifically those in Valsad and Navsari and those in Thane and Palghar districts of Maharashtra. Previously, because of the land acquisition issues, NHAI was not in a state to make a decision at the time for initiating the project.