The long-awaited 96-km long 14-lane Delhi-Meerut Expressway by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is now open to the public. It is expected to cut short travel time to around 45 minutes from over 2.5 hours at present.
Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari took to Twitter to announce the commencement of the highly-anticipated road project. “Delhi Meerut Expressway has now been completed & opened to traffic. We have full filled our promise of reducing travel time between Delhi-Meerut from 2.5 hours to 45 minutes,” tweeted Gadkari. The 82 km long Delhi – Meerut Expressway project, which links Delhi with Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh has been developed at a cost of Rs 8346 crore. The ambitious Delhi – Meerut Expressway project has been implemented in four packages. The expressway will comprise of 14 lanes, out of which six will comprise of the central expressway till Meerut, the four lanes on the exterior will be highway lanes. The route covers crucial congested points, including the NH58 stretch between Anand Vihar and Meerut that passes through Modi Nagar and Murad Nagar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for the project on December 31, 2015, and subsequently, inaugurated the first phase of the expressway in May 2018.