Modi unveils first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway


New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, stretching from Nizammudin Bridge to Delhi UP border.

The PM and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari travelled in an open jeep and held a roadshow on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway for 6 km. The Delhi-Meerut Expressway which is being built at a cost of over Rs. 7,500 crore will cut down travel time between the two cities to 40 minutes from the current near two-and-a-half hours.

The first stretch of 8.360 km of the National Highway was completed in 18 months. This is the first National Highway in the country with 14 lanes.

The Delhi- Meerut Expressway project aims to provide faster and safer connectivity between Delhi and Meerut and beyond this, with Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The total length of the project is 82 km, of which the first 27.74 km will be 14-laned, while the rest will be 6-lane expressway. The project is likely to cost Rs 4975.17 crore. This will be the first expressway to have dedicated bicycle tracks on the nearly 28 km stretch between Delhi and Dasna.

The project involves the construction of 11 flyovers/interchanges, 5 major and 24 minor bridges, 3 ROBs (rail over bridges), 36 vehicular and 14 pedestrian underpasses. It will also have elevated section of 5.91 km.

The entire project has been divided into four packages. Once the entire project is complete, it will take just 60 minutes to travel from Delhi to Meerut.

After the inauguration of the Expressway, the PM was scheduled to visit Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh to inaugurate India’s first smart and green highway, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway which was built on a cost of Rs. 11,000-crore

The Eastern and the Western Peripheral Expressways were planned in 2006 following the Supreme Court’s order to build a ring road outside the national capital for channelling the traffic not bound for Delhi.

The foundation stone for the project was laid down by Prime Minister Modi on 31 December 2015.

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