Gadkari Lays Foundation Stone For Akshardham-Saharanpur Corridor
The Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has laid the foundation stone for high-speed signal free corridor between Akshardham in east Delhi and Saharanpur bypass in Uttar Pradesh on January 26. The corridor, which will pass through Loni near the Delhi-Ghaziabad border, will decongest the east Delhi areas and allow commuters to reach the Saharanpur-bound National Highway (NH-709B) from the NH-24 directly. The total length of the corridor is 155 km out of which 19 km will be completely elevated. Currently, commuters from western Uttar Pradesh have to pass through the areas such as Shastri Park, New Usmanpur, Khajuri Khas and Bhajanpura to reach Saharanpur highway that starts at Loni.
The project has been divided into four sections: Akshardham to Khajuri Khas/UP Border, Khauri Khas/ UP Border to the Mandola Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) intersection, EPE intersection to the Shamli Bypass and the Shamli Bypass to the Saharanpur Bypass.
According to the officials, the road would start from the NH-24 near the Akshardham flyover and touch the NH-709B near Garhi Jassi in Loni Dehat. In Delhi, the road would pass through Ramesh Park, Geeta Colony, Shastri Park, Sonia Vihar Extension and West Karawal Nagar. While in UP, it would pass through Ankur Vihar, Welcome City and Indrapuri before ending at the Pooja Pusta Police Chowki in Loni. Of the 32-km section between Delhi and the EPE, 19 km will be elevated, starting from Geeta Colony till Khajuri Khas and then from Loni (Ghaziabad) till the EPE intersection.
While the deadline to complete the project has not been set yet, the funding will be done entirely by the Central government. Once the DPR is ready, the Delhi and UP government will have to hand over the land to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the construction work. The total cost of the project has been pegged at Rs 4,400 crore.