Eastern Peripheral Expressway inaugurated by Prime Minister
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated on May 27, the 135 km-long Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), which will channel away traffic not destined for Delhi and reduce vehicular pollution in the national capital.
The expressway will be thrown open to the public from Sunday midnight. It is estimated that it will divert 50,000 vehicles. The six-lane expressway will connect Kundli with Palwal in Haryana via Ghaziabad and Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh.
The EPE is part of a project that also includes a Western Peripheral Expressway (WPE), and the two together form a circle around Delhi. The construction of the WPE is expected to conclude next month. The project will de-congest and de-pollute the national capital. The PM said that the government has spent ₹ 3 lakh crore for the construction of 28,000 km of new highways.
The EPE has been completed in 500 days, ahead of a target of 910 days. Access to the expressway is controlled by toll gates at all entries and exits.
The EPE has a closed tolling system, where toll will be collected only for the distance travelled. There are also weigh-in-motion machines installed at all 30 entry points to stop the entry of overloaded vehicles. Amenities for users include petrol pumps, motels, wash rooms, restaurants, shops and repair services.
The PM also unveiled the first phase of the 82 km-long Delhi-Meerut Expressway. This 14-lane stretch extends 8 km from Nizammudin bridge to the Uttar Pradesh border, and includes service lanes and a 2.5 metre wide cycle track on either side.