Today in Transportation History – 2008: A Very Busy Expressway Opens in India

More than three weeks after being completed, the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway in northern India’s National Capital Region was formally opened. This highway, measuring 17.2 miles (27.7 kilometers) in length, connects the Dhaula Kuan neighborhood of Delhi (officially called the National Capital Territory of Delhi) with the city of Gurugram (officially known as Gurgaon until 2016). The public officials on hand for the opening of the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway included T.R. Baalu, India’s minister for road transport, highways and shipping; Sheila Dixit, chief minister of Delhi; and Bhupinder Singh Hooda, chief minister of the state of Haryana (where Gurugram is located).

The Delhi-Gurugram Expressway, serving an area that has the highest density of vehicles in all of India, is the nation’s busiest inter-city route. On average, the highway handles over 180,000 vehicles on a daily basis. The four toll collection points on the highway include a 32-lane toll plaza on the border between Delhi and Haryana. This toll plaza holds the record as the largest one in Asia.

For more information on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delhi_Gurgaon_Expressway.

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