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Government of India
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways
31-December-2015 16:21 IST
PM calls Delhi-Meerut Expressway a Highway of Development : Unveils plaque to mark the laying of the Foundation Stone of the Expressway

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stone of the of 74 km long Delhi-Dasna-Meerut 14 lane Expressway and upgradation of 22 Km long Dasna-Hapur section of NH-24, at Sector-62 in Noida. Speaking on the occasion he said that in order to fulfil people’s aspirations for development, we need to ensure a rapid growth of infrastructure. He said the Delhi-Meerut Expressway will spur development in western Uttar Pradesh and prove to be a Highway of Development for the state. He also said that the expressway would go a long way in cutting down pollution in Delhi.

Also speaking on the occasion The Minister of Road Transport & Highway and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari said that the expressway will give a big thrust to development in western Uttar Pradesh and will make travel to cities like Dehradun, Muradabad and Bareilley much faster. The Minister said that four laning of Muzaffarnagar-Haridwar and Haridwar-Dehradun roads will also be completed by December 2016. Shri Gadkari informed that work is already being done on 89 National Highway projects worth Rs 45,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh. Additional projects worth Rs 55,000 crore are likely to be taken up by the end of 2016

The above project will cost Rs 7566 Crore and will include the following three components :

• DME Phase-I - Construction of 28 km long 14 lane Delhi-Dasna section of Delhi-Meerut Expressway, costing Rs 2869 Crore

• DME Phase II – Construction of 46 km long, 6 lane Dasna-Meerut section of Delhi-Meerut Expressway, costing Rs 3575 Crore

• 6- laning of 22 km long Dasna-Hapur section of NH -24 costing Rs 1122 Crore.

This expressway is the first project under the new Hybrid Annuity model. It will be developed as a smart expressway. Systems will be put in place to give vital information on weather, traffic and accidents to commuters. Basic amenities like health care, petrol pump, restaurants, vehicle repair, rest rooms will be available

Proposing a vote of thanks, Union Minister of State Road Transport & Highway and Shipping Shri P. Radhakrishnan reiterated the resolve of the government to work for the development of people.

The Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik, Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Harsh Vardhan, MoS, Culture and Tourism(I/C) and Civil Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma, MoS Statistics & Programme Implementation (I/C), External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs General V.K.Singh were also present on the occasion.