The Delhi-Gurgaon expressway will be one of the most brightly lit and safest motorways in the country.
Driving along the 28-km stretch at night, motorists will be able to see 80 to 100 metres ahead — thanks to some super high-powered streetlighting.
There will be eight flyovers along the expressway, seven of which have already been opened. The Rao Tula Ram-Palam flyover is scheduled to open in September.
Chief Operating Officer (Tolling) Allen Le Roux of DS Constructions, which is handling the project, said the illumination design for the expressway was finalised after a study of the most well-lit expressways in the world, like the M-5 Motorway in Hungary and the N-4 Bakwena Expressway in South Africa.
The bright lights — ‘40 lux’ level — will help keep motorists awake on the long, signal-free run, Le Roux added.
R.P. Indoria, chief project director, National Highways Authority of India, said: “This is the first expressway to have such strong lighting. It will ensure safety even when vehicles travel at high speeds.” In comparison, the lux level on the Delhi-Noida-Delhi flyway or the Pune-Mumbai expressway is between 22 and 30, he added.
The three toll plazas on the expressway will have food plazas, and still better illumination with 100-lux level of lighting. There will be power back-up with 23 diesel-run generators on stand-by, Roux said.