Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping recently announced that a new highway would be built between Delhi and Jaipur. The new highway, once built, will reduce the travel time from the current span of six hours to two hours with the help of the project that will be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 16,000 crore.
The minister further added that the work on the highway would begin in the 2017 itself and land acquisition for the project would begin soon. Gadkari made the announcement at a function held for laying the foundation stone for improvement work on three junctions of the NH-8, estimated to cost about 1,005 crore.
Regarding the three junctions on the NH-8 in Gurgaon, Gadkari said that the work on the same will be completed in a time span of 15 months as opposed to the earlier time span of 30 months. Also included will be an intelligent transport system that would feature CCTV cameras to monitor the traffic and help catch offenders who violate traffic rules.
The news comes about a fortnight after the traffic police used drones on a trial basis at the Mumbai-Pune expressway. The drones were used as an effort to check the rising number of accidents on the 95 km long route.