13 May 2016 Current Affairs: The government has approved 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.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi , has given its approval for development of 8/6 laning of Delhi-Meerut Expressway - Package-II-Uttar Pradesh Border to Dasna Section of NH-24 in Uttar Pradesh.
The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 1,983.51 crore including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities.
The total length of the road will be approximately 19 kms.The project will help in 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 National Highway will show a way to freedom from pollution, he had said.
Earlier Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the project 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.
While, the work on Delhi-Dasna section would cost Rs 2,869 crore, the construction of 46 km long six-lane Dasna-Meerut section of the expressway will cost Rs 3,575 crore.