PM Modi to inaugurate the first phase of Delhi-Meerut expressway

The first phase of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, being built at a cost of over Rs.7,500 crore, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. Once fully completed, the travel time between Delhi and Meerut would be cut to 40 minutes.

The 135km long Eastern Peripheral Expressway will reduce the movement of commercial traffic by 35 percent in Delhi as an estimated 52,000 vehicles will be able to bypass Delhi every day.

The expressway will do away with 31 traffic signals on the Delhi-Meerut road, the busiest highway in the region, and make it “signal free”. The travel time will also be reduced between Meerut and Delhi from two and a half hours to around 40 minutes. The project will be fully completed by March 2019.

According to NHAI, the expressway will be 100 percent access controlled with multiple entry and exit points besides 430 bridges, underpasses and rail over bridges for smooth commuting.

The project is being built in four segments — Nizamuddin Bridge to UP Border, UP Border to Dasna, Dasna to Hapur and Hapur to Meerut. The fourth segment will be a new alignment of Delhi-Meerut Expressway from Dasna to Meerut and six laning of connector.

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