Driving or travelling through expressways is a sheer delight not only because they are the best roads India can offer, but also because we can reach our destinations faster, thereby reducing our travel time. The Golden Quadrilateral network, which connects all four metropolitan cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata—is indeed a boon to road travellers. The project, comprising four to six-lane highways, has given a good means of connectivity between several major cities. Of course, we have to pay toll tax when we take these roads, but we don’t mind paying when we can get such superb roads to drive on. Let us quickly travel through these roads in the country that are unsurpassed.
10. Allahabad-Bypass Expressway
The four-lane Allahabad-Bypass Expressway that runs at a stretch of nearly 85 km is a decade old. A part of the Golden Quadrilateral, this highway connects all the four major metropolitan cities. Constructed for high-speed vehicular traffic, also known as access-controlled highway, it is a part of the National Highway 2.
9. Noida-Greater Noida Expressway
Connecting Uttar Pradesh (UP) to New Delhi, the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway takes you through a 25-km ride. Constructed to ease the traffic from National Highway 2, this is a six-lane highway. It is likely to get a fully-operational Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS) by November 2014, which will ensure safe passage for commuters.
8. Hosur Road Expressway
Hosur Road Expressway where you get to travel at least 10 km, connects Bangalore to the town of Hosur, which lies in the border of Tamil Nadu. The four-year-old highway has eight lanes that help easy movement of traffic coming to the IT hub, Electronics City.
7. Chennai Bypass
Passing through the outskirts of Chennai, the Chennai bypass is again an access-controlled highway. It runs up to a stretch of 32 km. Built to ease traffic from vehicles passing through the city, it connects NH 5, NH 4, NH 45 and NH 205.
6. Ambala-Chandigarh Expressway
The five-year-old Ambala-Chandigarh Expressway that courses through a 35-km stretch has helped ease traffic congestion in the area to a huge extent. A part of NH 21 and 22, this expressway has about 21-km long service lanes on both sides.
5. Durgapur Expressway
The Durgapur Expressway is also popularly called the Dankuni-Palsit Expressway. Running through a stretch of 65 km, it passes through the suburbs of Asansol and trails the old Grand Truck Road, which is considered to be one of the oldest and longest roads in South Asia.
4. Yamuna Expressway
The 65-km stretch of Yamuna Expressway is considered be the country’s longest access-controlled highway replete with CCTV cameras, highway patrol and SOS booths. The six-lane road that comprises seven intersections, major bridges and flyovers links Agra with Greater Noida.
3. Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway
This expressway which is considered to be the busiest inter-city road in the country not only ensures a smooth passageway from Delhi to Haryana, but also connects all the four metropolitan cities. The six-year-old expressway is also a part of the Golden Quadrilateral and takes you through a 28-km ride.
2. Jaipur-Kishangarh Expressway
Only a year short of a decade, the Jaipur-Kishangarh Expressway is considered to be one of the finest in India. Taking you through a 90-km ride, this six-lane road is also a part of the NH 8 and the Golden Quadrilateral.
1. Mumbai-Pune Expressway
Travelling on the 93-km long Mumbai-Pune Expressway is simply a delight, especially during the monsoon as it passes through the panoramic Western Ghats. The 14-year-old expressway, which is the country’s first six-lane access controlled highway, has brought down the travel time from Mumbai to Pune to just two hours.
There are many more such roads coming up in the country to make your road journeys even more comfortable. Do these roads instill the wanderlust in you? Pack your bags and go ahead, enjoy the food along the roadside dhabas and not to mention of the panoramic view; only remember not to speed on these highways.