Paving the way for faster execution of Rs 7,566 crore Delhi-Meerut Expressway project, 4 players have put in bids for UP Gate-Dasna stretch following various clearances.
“We have received four bids for the Rs 1,983.51 crore package II of Delhi-Meerut Expressway. This was the only package which could not be awarded so far. Now we expect the award soon,” a senior NHAI official told PTI.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on December 31, 2015 unveiled the plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stone of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway to decongest the national capital.
The Cabinet in May this year had approved the package II of the project for widening of the crucial UP Gate to Dasna stretch of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 1,983 crore, which will ease traffic congestion in the national capital.
Following the Cabinet nod environment clearance was granted to this package, which was facing delays on account of land acquisition and other issues.
The total length of the project under package II will be approximately 19 kms, the official said.
The work will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-VI under the hybrid annuity mode (HAM).
The project is also aimed at expediting the improvement of infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh and in reducing the time and cost of travel, particularly for heavy traffic, plying between ‘Delhi-Meerut’ Uttar Pradesh Border to Dasna section on National Highway-24.
The other two stretches had already been approved by the Cabinet earlier.
Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said the project is to be completed in 400 days stressing that the Expressway will reduce the distance between the national capital and Meerut to 40-45 minutes from 3 hours at present.
The Delhi-Meerut Expressway would be an access controlled highway and 31 traffic signals have been removed from the stretch.