India’s first Smart and Green Highway to be inaugurated this month
India’s first smart and green expressway, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) will be launched this month-end in the capital city which will divert at least two lakh vehicles off the city. The expressway which is expected to provide major relief to Delhi from vehicular pollution sets a record time of 500 days as against a sanctioned target of 910 days for completion.
The 135-km expressway boasts of many firsts including an intelligent Highway Traffic Management system (HTMS), Video Incident Detection System (VIDS), and a closed tolling system which will collect tolls based on the distance travelled, and not the entire length. Toll plazas will be equipped with Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system for faster toll collection and uninterrupted travel experience. There will also be provision for fully access-controlled six-lane expressway and entry & exit will be through designated interchanges only.
Apart from that, NHAI have also installed weigh-in motion sensors on all entry points which will ensure that over-loaded vehicles are not allowed to enter the Expressway. To check speeding, cameras have been put up every two kilometres. Over-speeding vehicles will be issued the challan at the toll plaza and the challan amount would be added to the total toll amount. This will be a great deterrent to over-speeding,
All information the expressway’s systems collect will be relayed to a central server, in a control room, which will trigger alarms and change VMS messages, resulting in real-time incident management.
Along the expressway’s length, there will be wayside amenities like petrol pumps, rest areas, hotels, restaurants, shops, repair services, etc. There will be provision for rainwater harvesting every 500 metres on either side of the Expressway, with watering of the plants being done via drip irrigation.
At every 2.5 km, there will be toilets-keeping in line with the Swach Bharat Mission. The massive initiative will have eight interchanges, four flyovers, 71 vehicle underpasses, and six RoB’s—a total of 400 structures, out of which two major bridges are on the rivers Yamuna and Hindon.