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PM Modi to inaugurate Eastern Peripheral, Delhi-Meerut expressways today

Eastern Pehripheral expressway is 100 per cent solar powered with 2.5 lakh avenue plantations. Delhi-Meerut Expressway will allow commuters to travel from the national capital to Meerut in 45 minutes.

india Updated: May 27, 2018 08:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
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Light trails of Delhi-Meerut Expressway captured in New Delhi on April 25.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

The 135km long Eastern Peripheral Expressway to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday will reduce the movement of commercial traffic by 35 per cent in Delhi as an estimated 52,000 vehicles will be able to bypass Delhi everyday. The Prime Minister will also dedicate the first phase of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway that will allow commuters to travel from the national capital to Meerut in 45 minutes.

The Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) will connect Sonipat to Palwal through Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Faridabad while serving as a bypass for vehicles entering Delhi.

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

It has been constructed in a record time of 500 days with seven interchanges and allowing commuting on six lanes, three lanes each side.

Artwork along the Delhi-Meerut Expressway in New Delhi on April 25. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Union minister Nitin Gadkari said in a tweet that the EPE will be one of the first access controlled greenfield expressway which will reduce Delhi’s pollution by 27 per cent and will reduce Delhi’s traffic by half. The expressway is 100 per cent solar powered with 2.5 lakh avenue plantations.

The EPE will have 24.5km stretch in Ghaziabad which will have two major interchanges at Duhai and Dasna. The Gautam Budh Nagar district has 49km stretch with an interchange at Bil Akbarpur. The other interchanges are provided at Kundli, Mavi Kalan, Sirsa, Maujpur and Palwal. “The work for the two major stretches in Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar is almost complete,” said a NHAI official.

While the first stretch of Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME) will be inaugurated on Sunday, the second stretch is under construction from UP Gate to Dasna in Ghaziabad. Both the expressways have been provided with 35 fountains and 32 artefacts.

An aerial view of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway in New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

However, farmers from Loni and those affected by the EPE have threatened to hold protest and have said they will try to meet the PM to press for their demands.

Farmers from Tronica City in Loni are pressing for hiked compensation while the farmers affected by the EPE are demanding service roads. The NHAI officials have already said that the service road will be prepared within three months after the EPE gets inaugurated.

“We are holding regular talks with the farmers to abstain from any protests. A number of meetings have already been held with them in the past. The farmers from EPE have been assured of service roads and these have already been approved. For their demand, we are already in talks with the NHAI,” said Ritu Maheshwari, district magistrate, Ghaziabad.

First Published: May 27, 2018 07:59 IST