New Delhi: The Central government has given approval for building 1000 kilometres of expressway at an investment of Rs 16,680 crores. The projects include the 400 km long Vadodara-Mumbai, the 66 km long Delhi-Meerut, 277 km long Bangalore-Chennai, and the 334 km Kolkata-Dhanbad expressways.

According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, feasibility report for the construction of 66 kilometre Delhi-Meerut expressway is under progress. As per the proposed map,  the highway will start from Nizamuddin Bridge to NH 24 to Dasana and terminate at Meerut.

A detailed project report on 334 km Kolkata-Dhanbad Express-way and 400 km Vadodara-Mumbai express is also being prepared. In addition the ministry has taken permission from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu government for the construction of 277 km Bangalore-Chennai expressway.

It was also learnt that the Road Transport and Highways Ministry granted approval to the projects under National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-VI through Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Moreover, there is a proposal to develop the National Expressway II — Eastern Peripheral expressway — connecting NH 1 near Kundli and terminating on NH 2 near Palwal. Proposal for framing Indian Express-way Authority is also in the pipeline.

JPN/Bureau