New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat. Built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore, the Expressway is country's first highway to be lit by solar power besides provisions of rain water harvesting on every 500 metres on both sides.
Earlier, the Prime Minister opened the first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway. The expressway promises to cut down travel time between the two cities to 40 minutes from the current near two-and-a-half hours.
Phase I of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, stretching from Nizammudin Bridge to Delhi-UP Border, has been completed in a record time of 18 months.
The Prime Minister, along with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, also travelled 6 kilometres in an open jeep on the 14-lane Delhi-Meerut Expressway, being built at a cost of Rs 7,500 crore.
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01:08 pm: We have opened the 9 km stretch of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway today. This will be beneficial to people of Noida, Vaishali, Mayur Vihar. The second phase will also be completed soon and then the travel time will be reduced to mere 40 minutes. Pollution apart from traffic is a central problem of Delhi. Long traffic jams are one of the causes of pollution: PM Modi
01:07 pm: The Delhi-Meerut Expressway and the EPE will reduce the number of vehicles that will enter Delhi. The EPE, in itself is the first access control highway. Both the roads are built with the latest technology, solar energy will be instrumental: PM Modi
01:05 pm: This is a huge day for people of UP, Haryana and Delhi-NCR. Two new expressways have been inaugurated: PM Modi
01:04 pm: PM addresses a rally in Bhagpat. 'Your presence in this summer heat is proof that our government has been successful in 4 years,' PM tells the crowd.
01:02 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the Eastern Peripheral Expressway.
12:34 pm: By next March, Eastern Peripheral Expressway will be completed and you will be able to travel to Delhi from Meerut only in 40 minutes: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
12:03 pm: PM Modi to shortly address a public rally in Uttar Pradesh's Bagpat. UP Governor Ram Naik, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Haryana CM ML Khattar also present.
11:48 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at digital library and 3D model exhibition on making of Eastern Peripheral Expressway, in Haryana's Kundli
10:32 am: PM Modi holds road show after inauguration of first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway.
WATCH: PM Narendra Modi holds road show after inauguration of first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway. Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Mansukh Mandaviya also present pic.twitter.com/K1OB5krvua— ANI (@ANI) May 27, 2018
10:20 am: Prime Minister Modi inaugurates the first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway. Union minister Nitin Gadkari is also present at the ceremony.
9:50 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Delhi-Meerut Expressway shortly.
Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE)
The 135-km EPE, built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore, has several unique features and is India's first highway to be lit by solar power besides provisions of rain water harvesting on every 500 metres on both sides and would showcase 36 national monuments and 40 fountains, the minister said, adding it has been completed in a record 500 days.
There are 8 solar power plants on this expressway having a capacity of 4000-kilo watt (4 MW).
The state-of-the-art road will have auto challans for over-speeding, as cameras will capture speed of vehicles, besides it will have provisions of tolling only for the distance travelled.
The highway is equipped with smart and intelligent highway traffic management system (HTMS) and video incident detection system (VIDS) and will set a benchmark in highway construction by being environment-friendly with world-class safety features and smart/interactive infrastructure.
2.5 lakh trees have been planted here including transplant of 8 to 10 year old trees and drip irrigation provision has been done
A lot of traffic, outbound or non-destined for Delhi will be diverted, and at least 50,000 vehicles going to Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will be diverted, bringing down vehicular pollution.
The fully access controlled six-lane expressway provides entry and exit designated interchanges only and has 406 structures of which 4 are major bridges, 46 minor bridges, 3 flyovers, 7 inter-changes, 221 underpasses and 8 road over bridges (ROBs). The amenities include retail fuel outlets, rest rooms, motels, restaurants, shops etc.
Some of the monuments' replicas pertain to Ashoka Lion, Ashoka Chakra, Konark Temple, Jalianwala Bagh, Gateway of India, Qutab Minar, Char Minar, Lal Quila, Kirti Stambh, India Gate, Hawa Mahal and Gujarat Carving.
The Delhi-Meerut Expressway will allow commuters to travel from the national capital to Meerut in 45 minutes. The six-lane expressway starts from the Nizamuddin Bridge in Delhi till the Uttar Pradesh border and is being built at a cost of Rs 7,500 crore.
It also has vertical gardens with solar system on the Yamuna Bridge.
The Yamuna Bridge on the expressway will be the first in the world that have host vertical gardens with solar power system and drip irrigation.
The expressway will also have a cycle track and a 1.5-metre footpaths for pedestrians on both sides....