Mumbai e-way to come into Delhi; Manesar to get closer
(This story originally appeared in on Dec 26, 2018)
NEW DELHI: The upcoming Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will be extended up to Ring Road near DND flyway as NHAI has approved the plan to build a six-lane, access-controlled road from the Western Peripheral Expressway (WPE) near Sohna that would also provide a fast link to Manesar from east and south Delhi.
The 59-km stretch will include construction of the much-delayed Kalindi Kunj bypass in Delhi, revamp of the Faridabad bypass and a greenfield stretch that will connect the Delhi-Agra highway with WPE. The new link has been approved to provide an alternative route to reduce the massive traffic congestion on DelhiFaridabad road and reduce travel time between Delhi and Manesar.
This stretch of expressway will also provide direct connectivity for commuters coming from east Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad to bypass the congested Ring Road and NH-8. TOIhad first reported about the plan on August 20 this year. The WPE already provides direct connectivity to Manesar, the new industrial hub in NCR. The new stretch will provide a faster link from east and southeast Delhi. The stretch has been pided into four sections and the first 7.3km corridor from DND flyway will be a six-lane elevated road passing over the Yamuna floodplain.
After getting a no objection certificate from Uttar Pradesh and Delhi government, NHAI has applied for approval for constructing the stretch. Officials said they hope to get the nod soon. They said the existing dirt track between Kalindi Kunj and Faridabad bypass through Meethapur will be developed as a six-lane expressway with service roads.
The Kalindi Kunj-Faridabad bypass section will be around 6.7 km. Similarly, the 25km Faridabad bypass will be expanded into a six-lane, access controlled corridor along with a service road, officials said. “The Faridabad bypass is like any other urban road with many median cuts. It will be redesigned.
Getting land on these three portions is not an issue as government owns it,” said an NHAI official. He added that the provision of service road has been made to cater to the local traffic and, considering that these sections, will pass through urban areas. The remaining 20km section of this new stretch between DelhiAgra highway and WPE will be a six-lane greenfield road and it will be at grade. NHAI has already started the land acquisition process.
The project will involve construction of 13 flyovers, two railway under and over bridges and 10 minor bridges. “We are working out the project cost and since it has been approved under the Bharatmala programme, we are confident of finalising the bids for the project by July or August next year. It will be completely funded by NHAI,” an official said. The construction period for the road link will be two years from the day work starts.