India is a vast country where Railway still is the biggest mode of transport but road highways too play a major role in connecting two destinations. Moreover, for long drive junkies, long and smooth highways are a dream run. So, here's presenting the top 10 longest and best expressways in India..
Note that India has a total of 942 expressways, covering a total distance of 1,208.19 kilometres.
These expressways - six or eight-lane highways - with controlled-access have made road transportation much faster and efficient in India.
1. Yamuna Expressway
Distance: 165 km
India’s longest six-laned Expressway Project was built to reduce the travel time between New Delhi and Agra from 4 hours to 100 minutes.
Built at a cost of Rs 12,839 crore ($2.2 billion), the Expressway developed by Jaypee Infratech connects Greater Noida with Agra in Uttar Pradesh.
The Expressway is also expected to boost the industrial development of the region.
2. Mumbai Pune Expressway
Distance: 93 km
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway is India's first six-lane, concrete, high-speed access-controlled expressway. This picturesque expressway offers a great drive between Mumbai and Pune, reducing travel time to 2-3 hours.
3. Outer Ring Road (Hyderabad)
Distance: 158 km
Built by Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), the Outer Ring Road is an eight-lane ring road expressway encircling Hyderabad.
The Rs 6,696 crore (Rs 66.96 billion) mega project was built with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The Expressway offers better connectivity between NH 9, NH 7, NH 4 and some state highways.
4. Mumbai Nashik Expressway
Distance: 150 km
One of India’s biggest Expressway projects, it connects Mumbai to northern, central and eastern parts of India.
Built at a cost of Rs 4,000 crore (Rs 40 billion), it is one of the largest BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) road projects in India.
5. Kanpur Metropolitan Bypass
Distance: 124 km
Kanpur Metropolitan Bypass connects Greater Noida to Kanpur.
Kanpur is 378 kms away from the bustling city of Noida. It is also connected to Delhi by a six-lane highway.
6. Bangalore-Mysore national highway
Distance: 111 km
The Expressway forms a part of the proposed Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC), a 4-6 lane private tolled expressway that connects Bangalore and Mysore. Constructed by Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE), the first stretch of the Expressway was opened in 2006.
7. Ahmedabad Vadodara Expressway
Distance: 95 km
The Ahmedabad Vadodara Expressway has reduced the travel time between Ahmedabad and Vadodara from two and a half hours to one hour.
Built at a cost of Rs 475 crore (Rs 4.75 billion), it is also known as National Expressway.
8. Jaipur Kishangarh highway
Distance: 90 km
Jaipur-Kishangarh Expressway is a 90 km long access controlled toll expressway connecting Jaipur to Kishangarh. Built at a cost of Rs 729 crore (Rs 7.29 billion), the expressway was the first Indian road built under the public-private partnership model. The expressway forms a segment of the NH-8, which is a part of the Golden Quadrilateral project. Inaugurated in April 2005, the 6-lane expressway was constructed by GVK Jaipur Expressway Private Limited (GJEPL) under the build-operate-transfer model.
9. Allahabad Bypass
Distance: 86 km
Allahabad Bypass is a access controlled highway, part of Golden Quadrilateral and National Highway 2 connecting four metropolitan cities Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. India’s longest bypass section was built by Larsen & Turbo, HCC and OSE-KMC (JV). The project was completed in 2009.
10. Durgapur Expressway
Distance: 65 km
The 65 kilometre-long Dankuni-Palsit stretch is called Durgapur Expressway. Durgapur Expressway links Dankuni with Memari on Grand Trunk Road.