Under the central government’s flagship Bharatmala Pariyojana, work on the 1,350 km Delhi-Mumbai expressway is progressing at a fast pace and the government is targeting to complete the entire project by 2022-23. The expressway is being constructed in two sections. The Delhi-Vadodara section of the corridor is being implemented on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, while the Vadodara-Mumbai section is being implemented under the hybrid annuity model. The foundation stone for the project was laid in March 2019. Recently, Patel Infrastructure created a world record in laying pavement quality concrete on two stretches on the expressway within 24 hours. Indian Infrastructure provides a brief update on the progress of the expressway…
The Vadodara-Mumbai section of the proposed Delhi-Mumbai expressway is being implemented by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The expressway will link the big industrial cities of Vadodara, Surat, Bharuch, Ankleshwar and Mumbai, immensely benefitting their economy. The total length of the proposed expressway is about 446 km and runs parallel to the existing NH-8. The expressway is being constructed at a cost of about Rs 400 billion. The stretch from Vadodara to Virar of about 354 km will be constructed in 13 packages and the stretch from Virar to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) will have a length of 92 km and will be constructed in five packages.
In line with the swift development being reported under NHAI’s expressway development agenda, the Vadodara-Mumbai expressway has also witnessed rapid progress. As of January 10, 2021, 10 packages have been awarded and construction work has commenced on five of them. Bids are open for three packages. Further, detailed project reports are being prepared for five packages of the Virar-JNPT section of the expressway. As far as civil works are concerned, the maximum progress has been achieved on the Ankleshwar-Manubar section of the expressway (about 76 per cent). Most recently, on October 15, 2020, the Ganjad– Talsari, Masvan-Ganjad and Shirsad-Masvan sections were awarded to RKC Infrabuilt Private Limited, Montecarlo Limited and GR Infraprojects Limited, respectively. Once completed, the expressway is expected to have a traffic flow rate of about 60,000 passenger car units. The expressway is expected to reduce the travel time between Mumbai and Vadodara to four hours from the current seven hours.
Patel Infrastructure Limited has created a new world record for laying pavement quality concrete on two packages of the Vadodara-Mumbai expressway within 24 hours. The achievement has been recognised by the India Book of Records as well as the Golden Book of World Records. Patel Infrastructure Limited has added another milestone to its work portfolio in the four record titles of the construction project and for laying the highest quantity of pavement quality concrete (14,641.43 cubic metres (cu. metre), producing the largest quantum of pavement quality concrete (14,527.50 cu. metres), laying of pavement quality concrete in 18.75 m width continuously in 1,280 metres and laying the largest area of rigid pavement quality concrete for an expressway (48,804.75) sq. metres in 24 hours. In March 2018, Patel Infrastructure Limited and Ircon International Li-mited were awarded the contract for the Manubar-Sanpa section and Sanpa-Padra section of the expressway respectively. Further, in October 2018, Patel Infrastructure Limited was chosen as an EPC subcontractor for executing civil works on the Sanpa-Padra section of the expressway.