While highways and expressways, can boost the real estate market along its route and change the urban dynamics of the region, the pace of development has been quite poor. We examine the reasons and possible solutions Expressways across the country, are redefining distance and connectivity and also boosting the growth of regions along their route. The government, on its part, wants 11,500 miles of ‘controlled-access highways’ to be built by 2022. The country’s main highways, which comprise 2% of India’s roads and yet, carry 40% of the traffic, are to be widened and improved, as well. However, ground realities often threaten to derail the development of fast modes of transportation.