New roads made of concrete increase the efficiency of Indian freight traffic
During the construction of an motorway between the major Indian city of Vadodara and the global metropolis of Mumbai, the WIRTGEN SP 1600 was able to demonstrate its impressive performance potential and set four world records. The major Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway project is part of the 1,350 km Delhi-Mumbai Expressway linking India’s capital New Delhi and Mumbai. The construction project is part of the country’s National Highways Development Project, passes through six states and, due to its size, has been divided into more than 50 individual sub-projects awarded by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Initially, the roadway will be widened to eight lanes, with four lanes in each direction. Looking ahead to the future, however, sufficient space has been set aside in the middle of the road to allow four additional lanes to be added. The motorway, often referred to as the backbone of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, cuts travel time between Delhi and Mumbai from 24 to 12 hours. In addition, it significantly shortens the travel distance between the two cities due to the direct connection. This has a positive effect on fuel consumption and thus also on exhaust emissions and, in no small measure, on the costs incurred on the route. The NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) expects an average daily traffic volume of 100,000 PCE (passenger car equivalent units). A project of this size calls for maximum concrete paving performance, both in terms of output and quality.