Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Mr. Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Delhi-Meerut Expressway package-3. Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways Gen (Retd) Dr V K Singh was present on the occasion.
The 82-kilometre long Delhi-Meerut Expressway connects Delhi with Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh. A sum of Rs 8346 crore is likely to be spent on the project.
The third package from Dasna in Ghaziabad to Hapur is over 22 kilometres long, with a civil cost of Rs 1989 crore. This 6-lane section has 2+2 lane service roads on either side and a 4.68-kilometre-long 6-lane elevated corridor at Pilkhuwa. The project involves the construction of a major bridge across Upper Ganga Canal, seven new minor bridges, a flyover at Hapur bypass, 11 vehicular underpasses, two pedestrian underpasses, two-foot overbridges, six major junctions and 105 minor junctions.
The project will help in decongesting National Capital Region and bring a significant reduction in pollution level. It will also lead to a reduction in travel time by more than an hour.
The 4.68-kilometre long 6-lane elevated corridor at Pilkhuwa has been conferred Gold Medal for innovation in construction technology. The Pilkhuwa Viaduct has also been awarded as the outstanding concrete structure of western UP.
The Delhi-Meerut Expressway project is being implemented in four packages – (i) an 8.72 km long 6-lane expressway/ 8-lane NH 24 from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to Ghazipur border, already completed in June 2018, (ii) a 19.28 km long 6-lane expressway/ 8-lane NH 24 from Ghazipur border to Dasna in UP which is 60% done, (iii) 22.23 km long 6-lane NH 24 with 2+2 lane service roads on either sides from Dasna to Hapur in UP, which is being inaugurated, and (iv) a 31.78 km long greenfield 6-lane expressway from Hapur to Meerut, work on which is 57 % done