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India plans to triple the length of its expressway investing 300 rupees ($5.3 billion) for this project.

This project would ease the traffic on the express way, decreasing the number of traffic jams, the waste of fuel and increasing economic growth. India aims at adding 1, 600 kilometers (1,000 miles) of six-lane roads, but no information was given on the time awarded for the completion of this project. The new highways will have fewer access points and higher tolls, meaning that trucks will not wait forever behind queues of motorcycles, tractors and auto-rickshaws making local trips.

“This is the first step towards really improving traffic movement,” said Vishwas Udgirkar, a Gurgaon, India-based senior director for transport at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. “India is way behind other countries in creating such infrastructure.”

A study made by Transport Corp. (TRPC) of India and the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta shows that the 6 million trucks in India currently travel an average 19.8 kilometers per hour due to traffic jams, compared to Washington D.C. which has the slowest traffic in the US with an average 74 kilometers per hour, according to a 2010 study. India could save around 600 billion rupees of fuel annually with faster trips.