New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway. The first National Highway in the country with 14 lanes, the Delhi-Meerut Expressway includes 6-lane Expressway and 4+4 Service lanes from Nizamuddin Bridge in Delhi to UP Border.  The first project – 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 completion of the entire expressway will reduce the travel time from Delhi to Meerut to 45 minutes, from the current four hours, Gadkari said.

The Prime Minister started his roadshow from the Nizamuddin Bridge and travelled 6 km in an open jeep on the Expressway. After this, he is scheduled to fly to Baghpat to inaugurate the much-awaited Eastern Peripheral Expressway, built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore. The 135-kilometer EPE is India’s first smart and green highway and has been completed in a record 500 days, said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

In Delhi, the prime minister will also inaugurate an exhibition on the project, along with a 3D model. The EPE will connect Kundli with Palwal via Sonepat, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad. PM Modi will inaugurate the 135 km long Eastern Peripheral Expressway. Stretching from Kundli on NH 1 to Palwal on NH 2, this is India’s first smart and green highway.

The alignment of EPE starts near Kundli NH-1, traverses to cross river Yamuna , crosses SH-57 Mawikalan, NH-58 near Duhai, NH-24 near Dasna, NH-91 near Beel Akbarpur, Kasna-Sikandra road near Sirsa, river Yamuna again at village Faizupur Khadar (Haryana) , Atali-Chainsa Road (near village Maujpur) and ends at Palwal on NH-2 to join Western PE.

The Expressway has 4 major bridges, 46 minor bridges, 3 flyovers, 7 interchanges, 221 underpasses, 8 ROBs, and 114 culverts.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said it is equipped with smart and intelligent highway traffic management system and video incident detection system and will set a benchmark in highway construction by being environment-friendly with world-class safety features and smart/interactive infrastructure.

The foundation stone of the greenfield project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 November 2015. The expressway is expected to bring down the pollution level in the national capital by 27%.