Delhi leg of Meerut eway to be ready next month

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - Sanjeev K Ahuja sanjeev.ahuja@htlive.com

DE­CON­GEST DELHI Union min­is­ter Gad­kari says 8.7­km stretch from Niza­mud­din bridge to UP bor­der com­ing up ahead of sched­ule

NEWDELHI: The first leg of the Delhi-meerut Ex­press­way, be­tween Niza­mud­din bridge and Delhi-up bor­der along NH-24, will be com­pleted by next month, said Nitin Gad­kari, Union min­is­ter for road trans­port and high­ways, on Tues­day.

The min­is­ter also an­nounced that the East­ern Pe­riph­eral Ex­press­way, con­nect­ing MG Road with NH-8 in Gurgaon, will be opened by Jan­uary 26.

While the Delhi-meerut Ex­press­way will re­duce the travel time sig­nif­i­cantly be­tween the two NCR ci­ties to just 45 min­utes from 3-4 hours at present, the East­ern Pe­riph­eral Ex­press­way will pro­vide a cru­cial ring road around Delhi for heavy ve­hi­cles, help­ing sig­nif­i­cantly de­crease ve­hic­u­lar pol­lu­tion.

The min­is­ter said the work on the east­ern and the Western Pe­riph­eral Ex­press­ways, con­nect­ing Dwarka with NH-8, was “go­ing on at full speed”. Both the ex­press­ways will con­verge near Kherki Daula toll plaza on NH-8 in Gurgaon.

“Once the NH-24 and the two pe­riph­eral ex­press­ways are ready, ve­hi­cles des­tined for neigh­bour­ing states will be able to by­pass Delhi, re­duc­ing ve­hic­u­lar pol­lu­tion by nearly 50 per cent,” Gad­kari said.

The min­is­ter said that the Delhi-meerut Ex­press­way was be­ing com­pleted in a record 14 months against the sched­uled time of 30 months.

“The first pack­age of NH-24 project, stretch­ing from Ak­shard­ham Tem­ple to Delhi-up bor­der will be ready by De­cem­ber this year,” the min­is­ter said.

The Delhi leg of the Meerut ex­press­way will be 8.7km long and have 14 lanes, max­i­mum for any high­way in the coun­try. It will also have a 2.5-me­tre-wide cy­cle track on ei­ther side, a ver­ti­cal gar­den on the Ya­muna bridge, so­lar light­ing sys­tem and wa­ter­ing of plants through drip ir­ri­ga­tion.

Gad­kari said the Delhi- It will be a 14-lane high­way (6-lane ex­press­way in cen­tre and 4-lane high­way on each side)

A 2.5-me­tre-wide cy­cle track on each side on en­tire stretch

New 4+4 lane ma­jor bridges across Ya­muna of 552m length on ei­ther side of ex­ist­ing bridges

En­try to ex­press­way at start point and CWG vil­lage and exit from ex­press­way at Ak­shard­ham and Ghazipur

Meerut Ex­press­way will be fur­ther ex­tended to Luc­know, and will serve as a life­line for the peo­ple of Ut­tarak­hand and Ut­tar Pradesh.

The min­is­ter said that projects worth ₹40,000 crore are go­ing on to de­con­gest Delhi.

“These in­clude plans for Dhaula Kuan stretch, Dwarka Ex­press­way and a Ring Road for 4-lane fly­over from Sarai Kale Khan side to Ya­muna bridge and ITO to make start-point sig­nal free

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Three ex­ist­ing fly­overs at CWG vil­lage, Ghazipur cross­ing and Murga Mandi to be widened

Four ve­hic­u­lar un­der­passes (14-lane) at Mother Dairy, Pat­par­ganj, Mayur Vi­har Phase II and Khichripur

Four foot over­bridges (FOBS) at Ak­shard­ham, Pan­dav Na­gar, IP Ex­ten­sion Park and Ghazipur

Delhi, the cost of which will be borne jointly by the Cen­tre and the Delhi gov­ern­ment,” Gad­kari said.

The high­ways au­thor­ity has taken up de­vel­op­ment of Del­hiMeerut Ex­press­way as presently there is only one route, NH-58 be­tween the two ci­ties, on which there are sev­eral traf­fic bot­tle­necks.

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