Ghaziabad: The 96 km Delhi-Meerut Expressway is likely to start operation by March, 2018 says the National Highway Authority of India on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of the 96km-long road project on December 31 at Noida.
Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Mr. Raghav Chandra visited the site to take stock of the work of the expressway being carried out at a cost of Rs. 7,620 crore.
A present, there is only one route connecting Delhi and Meerut i.e. NH-58 on which the traffic jam is very usual at several places, thus, causing a lot of inconvenience to commuters.
The project, which proposes to bring down the travelling time between the two cities from the current 3 hours to just 45 minutes, has been divided into four packages for early implementation — Delhi-UP border (8.7 km), UP border-Dasna (19.2 km), Dasna-Hapur (22.2 km) and Dasna-Meerut (46 km).
"National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is fully geared up for resolving the site specific issues and all necessary facilitation is being given to concessionaires for expediting the early execution of this prestigious project of the government aiming to give relief to road users at large which will boost the economy of Western UP," Chandra said after inspecting the sites.