New Delhi, Sep 30: Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday inaugurated the Dasna-Hapur section of Delhi-Meerut Expressway (package-3) in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilakhuwa.
Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Gen (Retd) VK Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of UP Keshav Chandra Maurya, Lok Sabha member Rajendra Agrawal, Rajya Sabha member Anil Agrawal and several MLAs were present on the occasion.
Gadkari said the Delhi-Meerut Highway would bring prosperity to the region, and will help in decongesting the National Capital Region. It will also lead to reduction in travel time by more than one hour, and bring significant reduction in pollution level.
He said, highways and infrastructure projects are directly related to the development of an area.
The Minister announced that the Ghazipur-Dasna section of this road (package 2) will be completed in the next three months, and the entire Delhi-Meerut Expressway will be ready for commuters within six months.
Gen Singh said the Government had embarked on an ambitious infrastructure development plan for the NCR, which will change the development scenario of the entire area.
Mr Maurya said the State Government would accord priority to solving the problems before the highways sector, as these are important for upliftment of people in villages and suburbs.
The 82-km long Delhi-Meerut Expressway connects Delhi with Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh. A sum of Rs 8,346 crore is likely to be spent on the project. The third package from Dasna to Hapur in Ghaziabad is over 22 km long. Its civil cost is Rs 1,058 crore.
This six-lane section has 2+2 lane service roads on either sides, and a 4.68-km 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 project is being implemented in four packages.
The Ministry was encouraging the use of waste plastic in highway construction, especially on 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.
Plastic waste has already been used in wearing courses of National Highways construction on the pilot basis in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The technology used is in compliance with the guidelines of Indian Roads Congress for the use of waste plastic in hot bituminous mixes in wearing courses. Construction of 1 km of four-lane highway can help in disposal of approximately 7 tonnes of waste plastic. (UNI)