Social media users, including Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari shared images of infrastructure projects, which were later removed, remarking that the Delhi-Mumbai expressway is being 'constructed at record speed'.
One of the images was shared with text noting that it showed on-site progress of an interchange on the expressway near Ankleshwar in Gujarat.
However, we found that the image is not of the Delhi-Mumbai expressway, neither is it in or around Gujarat. The photograph shows an interchange on the Yamuna Expressway, near Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh.
Many social media users, including BJP Maharashtra's Pravin Alai, shared the image of the interchange while tweeting about the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway.
"Construction of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway at record speed. #PragatiKaHighway"
The image was tweeted by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who later took his tweet down. Hindi news channel India TV also used the same photograph in their article about the Delhi-Mumbai expressway, which was also shared in a tweet.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
Using reverse image search, we found older pictures of the interchange. An Economic Times article about the Yamuna Expressway carried the image, stating that it showed the gateway to the sixth lane of the expressway.
The article credited 'Jaypee' for the image used, referring to Jaypee Group, the company that developed the Yamuna Expressway.
On Jaypee Associates Limited's (JAL) website, we found the same photograph, among others seen in the article.
Further, the photo is also used as a banner image on the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority's (YEIDA) website, with text that reads "Yamuna Express Way... Future is Here".
The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway is a 1,350 kilometre-long roadway connecting the national capital to Mumbai, India's financial capital. Set for completion in 2023, 350 kilometres of the expressway has already been constructed and construction work for the rest is underway.
While pictures of several different sections of the roadway have been shared on social media, the image shared in this claim is not part of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway.
Clearly, a picture of an interchange on the Yamuna Expressway near Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida was shared, incorrectly placing it at Ankleshwar in Gujarat. This photo is not a part of the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai Expressway.
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