Prime Minister Narendra Modi opens Delhi-Meerut Expressway & Eastern Peripheral Expressway

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated two expressways- both projects may be lifeline for NCR one will cut down travel time & other pollution

New Delhi:MNN:Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated two key expressways today in the national capital.

The Rs. 7,500-crore, 14-lane Delhi-Meerut Expressway will cut down the travel to 40 minutes from the current two-and-half-hours.

Delhi-Meerut Expressway will be spanning Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to UP Gate.

In Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  opened the Rs. 11,000-crore Eastern Peripheral Expressway.

India’s first smart and green highway, that will help around 50,000 vehicles travelling up to Jammu and Kashmir, to skirt Delhi.

“Our government has focused the most on infrastructure development — be it highways, railways or airways,” the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

“Now, more people are travelling in airplane than those travelling in air-conditioned trains.”

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In the morning at 8 AM, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompanied by transport minister Nitin Gadkari, held a roadshow in an open SUV to mark the occasion.

Road show that marked the inauguration of the 14-lane Delhi-Meerut Expressway, the first phase of which has been completed.

Travelling on a 9-km stretch till UP Gate after that Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a chopper to Baghpat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s roadshow commenced from the Nizamuddin Bridge, the start of the about 9-kilometres-long first leg of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway.

The Delhi-Meerut Expressway has been completed in a record time of 18 months while the 135-km-long Eastern Peripheral Expressway has been built in 17 months.

Union minister Gadkari on Friday had said the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, built at a cost of Rs 841 crore has vertical gardens with a solar power system on the Yamuna Bridge of the expressway.

The first phase of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway is expected to provide a major relief to those commuting between Delhi and Noida.

It starts from Nizamuddin Bridge in Delhi and goes on til the Uttar Pradesh border.

The total length of the project is 82 kilometres, of which the first 27.74 kilometres will be 14-laned, while the rest will be a 6-lane expressway.

The project is likely to cost Rs 4,975.17 crore, according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

However, Metrocityexpress put the total cost of the project to be around Rs 7,000 crore.

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

Eastern Peripheral Expressway Built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore.

The 135-kilometre-long Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), has several unique features and is India’s first highway to be lit by solar power besides having provisions of rainwater harvesting on every 500 metres on both sides.

Eastern Peripheral Expressway would showcase 36 national monuments and 40 fountains.

According to Nitin Gadkari, it was completed in a record 500 days.

The foundation stone of the greenfield project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 November, 2015.

There are eight solar power plants on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway having a capacity of 4,000 kilowatts (4 MW), the minister said.

After travelling for six kilometres on the stretch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Baghpat to inaugurate India’s first smart and green highway, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway, built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore.

The country’s first highway lit by solar power and having provisions of rain water harvesting, it will showcase 36 national monuments and 40 fountains.

Nearly 2.5 lakh trees have been planted along the highway on both sides.
The interchanges have been developed architecturally, with landscaping and fountains.

Some of the monuments’ replicas are of the Ashoka Lion, Ashoka Chakra, Konark Temple, Jalianwala Bagh, Gateway of India, Qutab Minar, Char Minar, Lal Quila, Kirti Stambh, India Gate, Hawa Mahal and Gujarat carvings.
In order to have an uninterrupted travel experience and faster toll collection, the toll plazas will be provided with Electronic Toll Collection system.

The Supreme Court on 10 May had directed the NHAI to throw open the Eastern Peripheral Expressway for the public by 31 May, asking why were they “waiting” for its inauguration by the prime minister.

The apex court had said if the 135-kilometre-long expressway, which envisages signal-free connectivity between Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gautam Budh Nagar (Greater Noida) and Palwal, is not inaugurated on or before 31 May, it should be thrown open for the public who were facing traffic congestion in Delhi.

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

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