Noida, December 31: Paving way for a pollution-free future, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of ambitious Delhi-Meerut Expressway project. The project will cost Rs. 7566 crores and will include construction of 74 Km long Delhi-Dasna-Meerut 14 lane Expressway and upgradation of 22 Km long Dasna-Hapur section of NH-24 in three phases.Carrying forward his agenda of infrastructure development, PM Modi on Thursday lauded his predecessor Atal Bihari Vajpayee's plan for putting India at parity with other nations and said that he believed that interlinking the country's road network is one of the keys for growth.
PM Modi said Vajpayee initiated projects to bring about changes in the lives of rural India by increasing connectivity between villages. "Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji was responsible for two great things. Plan for putting India on the map, shoulder to shoulder with other nations with the Swarnim-Chaturbhuj Express Highway.
And secondly, Vajpayee ji wanted India's potential fully realised, for villages to be on the same plane of comparison, For this, he launched the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna," he said in his addressing after laying the foundation stone for Delhi-Meerut Expressway.
The alignment of Delhi-Meerut Express will start from Nizammudin Bridge from Delhi and will continue on existing NH - 24 upto Dasna. From Dasna there will be a completely new alignment upto Meerut. The alignment will terminate on inner ring road or Meerut bypass near Railway crossing at Meerut. Presently there is only one route, NH-58 between Delhi and Meerut on which the traffic remains jammed at several places, thus causing a lot of inconvenience to people.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari while peaking at foundation stone laying ceremony of Delhi-Meerut Expressway said that Delhi to Meerut travel time which is approx 2:30-3 hours will be reduced to 40-45 mins after construction. “We are also working on a highway project which will reduce travel time between Delhi and Dehradun to about 3 hours and towards reducing pollution levels and resolving traffic problem in Delhi”, Gadkari said.
PM Modi had launched three important highway projects last month worth Rs. 10,166 crores to decongest Delhi. Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi reviewed the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport and Rih-Tedim road project in Myanmar and described the project as one of the cornerstones of India's "Act East" policy, and urged for its speedy completion.
Prime Minister Modi also lauded Vajpayee for starting the Golden Quadrilateral Highway to provide connectivity to villages. He also highlighted the benefits that would be reaped merely because of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway and said that it was not just an expressway but a road of development.
"This will be a hub of development with all towns in this range. Satellite townships will be developed. Meerut, Dehra Dun will become more developed," he said. "7,500 crore worth project like this is bound to bring in more employment. Small time tea sellers, dhaba owners will benefit immensely from this," he added. The Prime Minister reiterated that all the policies coined by his government were for the betterment of the nation's poor.