To ensure faster connectivity between Tamil Nadu's capital and Gujarat's Surat, the Union transport ministry has approved a ₹50,000-crore Chennai-Surat expressway project, which will cut down travel time between Chennai and Surat by six hours and distance by 330 km. Moreover, the expressway will enable drivers to avoid congested roads around Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai as currently, vehicles have to travel 1,600 km from Chennai to reach Surat and this distance will be reduced to 1,270 km as soon as the new project is commissioned. Apart from providing faster connectivity from Chennai to Surat, the new project will also provide an onward option for north India too with a link to the Delhi-Mumbai expressway at Surat. Therefore, goods destined for places like Jaipur, Delhi, Chandigarh and Jammu can also be transported using the proposed expressway. Likewise, goods from the northern and western part of the county can also be transported faster to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka, said Union transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, adding that the Delhi-Mumbai economic corridor will also benefit, as the Delhi-Mumbai expressway will be linked to the proposed Chennai-Surat expressway. From Chennai, the proposed project will run through Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and Maharashtra into Gujarat and with this, Surat will be developed into a key axis for connectivity to industrialized parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat, with south India on the one side and north India on the other.