Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, visited Madhya Pradesh to inspect the construction work of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway in Ratlam district. During the inspection, he also undertook a speed test, by riding a car that drove at 160 km/hour.
The video of the same has now gone viral on social media after BJP MP Lokendra Parashar took to Twitter to share the Union Minister's speed-test drive.
After the drive, the minister said, "We had already instructed the manufacturing company to ensure that the quality remains better. Hence, the speed test was successful. A speed of 120 km/hour can be proposed for this highway."
"I have sanctioned Rs 1.50 lakh crore for roads projects in MP so far. I am going to sanction Rs 1 lakh crore more for road projects in the coming days," he said at an event, adding, "I ran a vehicle at a speed of 160km per hour on the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway."
During the inspection, which lasted for more than 45 minutes, Gadkari was accompanied by MPs Guman Singh Damor, Anil Firojiya, Sudhir Gupta and Ratlam district MLA Chetanya Kasyap. Other dignitaries were also present at the site.
The expressway passes through three districts in Madhya Pradesh, including Ratlam, Mandsaur and Jhabua. The expressway runs for 245 km in the state. The construction has been estimated to be completed by 2022. In the first phase, eight lanes have been proposed to be built, following 12 lanes later.
Meanwhile, Gadkari also inspected the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway in Bharuch, Gujarat. Under the Expressway, 60 bridges, 17 interchanges, 17 flyovers and road over bridges (ROBs) will be built in the state.
During the course, Gadkari also inspected the area where the world record for the fastest road construction in a day was done, a 2.5-km four-lane concrete road and 25-km one-lane Solapur-Bijapur road.
In Gujarat, 423 km of road is being constructed at a cost of Rs 35,100 crore.