The ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, spanning 1,382 kilometers, is currently in full swing, with the aim of significantly reducing travel time between these two major cities to just 12 hours upon completion. In February 2023, the inaugural phase of this remarkable project, linking Delhi to Jaipur in Rajasthan, was unveiled to the public. The recently inaugurated segment of the expressway has already saved 2 hours travel time between Delhi and Jaipur. When fully constructed, the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will traverse six states: Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has released a public notice detailing the toll charges for vehicles using seven sections of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway within Madhya Pradesh, spanning from 220 km to 720 km. On September 20, NHAI officially opened a 244-km stretch, extending from Jhabua (Baroda-Indore highway) to Modak, near Rajasthan's Jhalawar.
HV Kumar, an expert in Indian highways and automobiles, has pointed out that for travelers coming to Delhi from Madhya Pradesh, a detour is necessary. They must exit the expressway at Modak and take the route via Ujjain - Kota - Tonk - Lalsot Road before rejoining the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway to reach the national capital. According to Kumar, this diversion from the expressway poses its own set of challenges and is not a straightforward drive.
According to HV Kumar, the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway is currently open for travel from Sohna Road (located south of Delhi/Gurgaon) to Lalsot (south of Dausa/Jaipur). However, the section between Lalsot and Sawai in Rajasthan has been completed but remains closed to the public. Work is still ongoing from Sawai Madhopur through Kota to Modak, south of Kota near Jhalawar. Notably, the expressway is now accessible beyond Modak and extends toward the vicinity of Jhabua/Dahod in Madhya Pradesh, situated near the Rajasthan-Gujarat border.