PM to inaugurate Eastern Peripheral Expressway on Sunday


New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Sunday dedicate the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) and the Phase-1 of the Delhi Meerut Expressway to the nation, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said here on Friday. Talking to mediapersons Mr Gadkari said,' the Delhi-Meerut Expressway project will provide faster and safer connectivity between Meerut and Delhi and with Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The first phase of 8.360 km stretch from Nizamuddin Bridge to Delhi UP border was completed in a record time of 17 months and at a cost of around Rs 840.50 crores.' Mr Gadkari said that while the phase-1 is ready the other packages are under construction.'Once the project is complete, the journey from Delhi to Meerut will be covered in just 60 minutes,'he said.The 135-km EPE will stretch from Kundli on NH-1 to Palwal on NH-2. The EPE, alongwith the Western Peripheral Expressway (WPE), has been envisaged with the twin objectives of decongesting and de-polluting Delhi by diverting the traffic not destined for the national capital, Mr Gadkari said. The alignment of EPE starts near Kundli and traverses to cross the Yamuna river, crossing SH-Mawikalan, NH-58 near Duhai, NH-24 near Dasna, NH-91 near Beel Akbarpur, Kasna-Sikandra Rpad near Sirsa, Yamuna river again at village Faizupur Khadar in Haryana, Atali-Chainsa Road and would end in Palwal to join WPE. He said 1700 hectare was acquired for EPE at a cost of Rs 6000 Crore. It has four major bridges, 46 minor bridges, three flyovers, seven inter-changes, 221 underpasses, 8 ROBs and 114 culverts.The Minister said it would be the first expressway in the country to use solar power. 'There will be eight solar power plants of 4 MW capacity,'he said adding that 'there are 36 replicas of monuments depicting Indian culture and heritage including the Ashok Chakra and Konark Temple'.