In a green upgrade, the Jaipur-Delhi expressway is expected to get India's first-ever electric corridor to power e-vehicles. As per reports, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has reached out to a foreign company to build the new e-highway and the project is likely to shape up by March '22. The proposed plan is pegged to promote the usage of e-vehicles in the country, categorically reducing pollution caused by automobile emissions.
Many eco-green highways will be launched across India
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Along with the Delhi-Jaipur route, the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai Expressway is also been considered to be equipped with an electric highway, similar to the one in Sweden. Like electric railways, this new provision will charge buses, cars and other road vehicles on electricity, informed Union Road Transport and Highways Minister.
According to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the e-route connecting Jaipur to Delhi will reduce the commute time between the two cities to approximately two hours. The NHAI also expects the Sohna elevated road, which is presently under construction, and the Sohna-Dausa stretch of Delhi-Mumbai Highway to be completed by March next year to facilitate wireless commute.
As per reports, the Union Ministry is already in talks with a Swedish firm to harness the development in the country. The department has also urged foreign investments to progress civil work at 22 green expressways, 7 of which will be launched soon.
What is an electric highway or road?
An electric road or highway is an e-road which provides overhead electric cables to the vehicles plying on it. Typically, only commercial vehicles get access to overhead power lines, while the public charging provision on the ground level may be utilised by any vehicle travelling on the road.
The move is set to reduce the load of petrol and diesel-run vehicles, bringing e-vehicles to the forefront. Altogether, the infrastructure project will support a new era of transport amenities in India, elevating it to the league of developed countries, round the globe.