Work Set To Start On 5-Km Delhi Stretch Of Dwarka Expressway As Gadkari Lays Foundation Stone
"All hurdles" in the way of the much-delayed Dwarka Expressway have been cleared, the government said On March 6. With this, the foundation stone of a five-km stretch, falling under Delhi, was laid on March 8 by Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj.
This new corridor will offer seamless connectivity between the two cities and decongest the traffic, besides bolstering real estate opportunities in the surrounding localities.
- Length: The 18-kilometre Dwarka Expressway is planned from Mahipalpur to Kherki Daula Toll Plaza. Of the total stretch, 14 km falls in Gurgaon while the remaining four kilometre is in Delhi. There will be a three-lane service road on either side.
- Cost: The entire project will be implemented in five packages by the NHAI at an estimated cost of Rs 9,000 crore.
- Elevated road: About 23-km of the e-way will be an elevated stretch which will also cover two railway over-bridges (ROBs). It will merge with the surface road for entry and exit purposes only. Scope for some multi-level interchanges at major intersections are being discussed, for monitoring traffic, incident-management and toll collection.
- Safety features: The expressway will have state-of-the-art safety features for the commuters. It will be fenced on both sides to prevent cattle intrusion and reduce chances of accidents.
- High-speed connectivity: Currently, the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on the NH-48 is burdened with heavy traffic of over three lakh passenger car units (PCUs) per day. The Dwarka Expressway is expected to not only ease that load but also offer faster and smooth connectivity. The NHAI has specified the speed limit of 80 kmph on the expressway.