Delhi-Meerut expressway to be ready in six months, says Nitin Gadkari1 min read . Updated: 30 Sep 2019, 09:53 PM IST
- Gadkari was accompanied by Deputy CM of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya and Ghaziabad MP V.K. Singh
- 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
New Delhi: The 14-lane Delhi-Meerut Expressway will be ready in the next six months, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said while inaugurating the Dasna-Hapur section of the expressway on Monday.
The much awaited 82 km Delhi-Meerut Expressway will reduce the commuting between the two cities from four hours to 45 minutes, once completed and will also decongest Delhi. As much as ₹8,346 crore is likely to be spent on the project, which was signed in March, 2016.
The 22 km Dasna-Hapur stretch or phase-3 of the expressway has been built at a cost of ₹1,058 crore. “This six-lane section has 2+2 lane service roads on both sides, and a 4.68 km long six-lane elevated corridor at Pilkhuwa. It has seven new bridges, a flyover at Hapur bypass, 11 vehicular underpasses, two pedestrian underpasses, two foot overbridges, six major junctions and 105 minor junctions," the road transport and highways ministry said in a statement.
“The Delhi-Meerut Expressway project is being implemented in four packages -- 8.72 km long six-lane expressway/ 8-lane NH 24 from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to Ghazipur border, already completed in June 2018, a 19.28 km long six-lane expressway/ 8-lane NH 24 from Ghazipur border to Dasna in UP, 22.23 km long 6-lane NH 24 with 2+2 lane service roads on either sides from Dasna to Hapur in UP, and 31.78 km long greenfield 6-lane expressway from Hapur to Meerut," it said.
The minister also launched the use of plastic waste in national highway construction at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border. The road ministry trying to encourage the use of waste plastic in highway construction, especially on the national highways, within 50 km periphery of urban areas that have a population of 5 lakh or more.
“A stretch of road has recently been constructed using waste plastic on NH-48 near Dhaula Kuan. A portion of Delhi- Meerut expressway and Gurugram- Sohna road have also been planned for construction, using plastic waste," the statement said.