Union Minister for Road Transport and highways Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for the six-lane, access controlled highway from Akshardham to the Eastern Peripheral Expressway a couple of days ago. The highway is built with an aim to decongest traffic on Delhi roads and reduce air pollution in the capital city.
Minister Gadkari said that works worth Rs 50,000 crore have been sanctioned for road projects around Delhi. The 31.3 km high-speed signal free stretch for which the foundation stone was laid is a part of National Highway-709B and will run from Delhi’s Akshardham to Saharanpur bypass. The road will go through Geeta Colony, Shastri Park, Khazuri Khas, Delhi-UP border and Mandola Intersection at Eastern Peripheral Expressway. The project also includes over-bridges at Shahdara and Anand Vihar railway lines and Dilshad Garden ISBT Metro line.
The new corridor will be developed in two packages – First a 14.75 km stretch from East Delhi’s Akshardham to Delhi/UP border and another 16.57 km stretch from Delhi/UP border to Eastern Peripheral Expressway Intersection. There will be a 19 km elevated section in the corridor.
The estimated cost of this project is estimated to be around Rs 2,830 crore. The project includes construction of three plus three lane, service roads on either side of the highway, eight new underpasses, seven ramps connecting major roads, 15 major junctions, 34 minor junctions and over-bridges at several places.
Nitin Gadkari also announced at the event that the work on Delhi-Meerut Expressway will be completed by March, and April onwards people can reach Meerut from Delhi in 40 minutes instead of the current 3.5 hours. He also added that the Foundation stone for Dwarka Expressway, to be built at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore, will be laid next week and time has been sought from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the same.
The people living in Delhi have been suffering from major problems like traffic congestion and air pollution for years now. Building such expressways and high-speed corridors would help resolve these issues to some extent. Ever since the Eastern Peripheral Expressway and Western Peripheral Expressway has been built, there has been a significant 27 percent decrease in the number of commercial vehicles entering into the capital.