New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi on Sunday travelled in an SUV through the 9-km stretch of the highway till UP Gate while inaugurating the Delhi-Meerut Expressway. He was standing up through the sun-roof along with the transport minister Nitin Gadkari during his ride and waved at the crowds lining the expressway, who had been assembling since 8 am for a glimpse of him.
We bring to you top 10 facts about the Delhi-Meerut Expressway and the Eastern Peripheral Expressway:
- The Delhi-Meerut Expressway will allow commuters to travel from the national capital to Meerut in 45 minutes.
- The 9-km stretch from Delhi’s Sarai Kale Khan to UP Gate is built with the target to decongest roads leading to Noida and Ghaziabad. It would be connected to NH 24 and then will lead to NH 58. The Delhi-Meerut Expressway would be an access controlled highway.
- It is India’s first highway which is powered by solar energy and has provisions for rainwater harvesting. Nearly 2.5 lakh trees have been planted along the highway on both sides.
- Toll plazas on the highway are equipped with Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system to ensure uninterrupted travel experience and faster toll collection.
- The highway is expected to host around 2 lakh vehicles, including trucks and commercial traffic which would not ply through the national capital. By diverting 50,000 vehicles from Delhi on daily basis, it will not only decongest the national capital but also help in reducing pollution.
- The total length of the project is 82 km, of which the first 27.74 km will be 14-lane, the rest will be a 6-lane expressway.
- The 135-km-long Eastern Peripheral Expressway is built with a vision of signal-free connectivity between Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Faridabad and Palwal. The expressway has been built in a record 17 months. Its foundation stone was laid by PM Modi in November 2015.
- The Delhi-Meerut Expressway — which will do away with 31 traffic signals currently on the Delhi-Meerut road – has been described by PM Modi as “road to freedom from pollution”.
- The interchanges have been built architectural finesse, 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.
- The project, which is being built in four segments, will be fully completed by March 2019. The segments will be Nizamuddin Bridge to UP Border, UP Border to Dasna, Dasna to Hapur and Hapur to Meerut.