The 22.3 km-long third phase of the Delhi-Meerut Expressways from Dasna to Hapur will be inaugurated on September 30. After the completion of this stretch, commuters will be able to reduce travel time by more than an hour. Commuters will be able to reach Hapur from Dasna within 15-20 minutes.
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate Dasna-Hapur stretch on September 30. This stretch will have a speed limit of 100 km per hour. The total cost of third phase of this stretch is Rs 1,989 crore.
According to officials, Dasna-Hapur stretch, having 10 lanes, was scheduled to be completed by June, 2019 but work on the stretch was only completed by August 28, after a delay of two months. "The stretch was opened for commuters for trial. Now, the stretch will be formally inaugurated by the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on September 30," officials said.
The project will help in decongesting National Capital Region and bring significant reduction in pollution level. It will also lead to reduction in travel time by more than an hour. After the inauguration of phase 1 of the expressway, from Akshardham to UP Gate, this is the second stretch on the expressway to be operational.
Officials said the Dasna toll plaza has been removed and a new toll plaza has been put up at Chhajarsi. "The other phase 2 of the project, which spans from UP Gate to Dasna, will be the next phase that would be operational. The stretch is likely to open in December," officials added.
This 6-lane section has 2+2 lane service roads on either sides, or a 4.68-kilometre long 6-lane elevated corridor at Pilkhuwa. The project involves 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 over-bridges, six major junctions and 105 minor junctions. During the inauguration, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Dr V K Singh will be present on the occasion.
The 82-kilometre long Delhi-Meerut Expressway project connects Delhi with Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh is likely to cost Rs 8346 crore.
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 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 National Highway (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.