In order to decongest Delhi, the union government is now planning to extend Gurugram-Mumbai Greenfield e-way project to Delhi. The mega project which was announced by Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari in April was about to connect Gurugram with Mumbai passing through Mewat in Haryana and Dahod in Gujarat.
As per the sources, now another new eight-lane road would be built connecting the Western Peripheral Expressway (WPE) with the DND Flyway in Delhi. This connecting road will be about 58 km and the construction cost would be around Rs 2,000 crore. However, Land acquisition cost for this stretch has not been estimated yet.
Officials also said, “About three lakh vehicles daily take the NH-8, which connects Delhi with Mumbai. This is one of the reasons for congestion on this stretch. The new link will now decongest NH-8 and will also help reduce traffic congestion in Delhi.”
Talking about the Greenfield expressway, the complete project is expected to cost around 60,000 crores and will be finished in next three years. The expressway will also reduce the existing distance of 1,450 km by road to about 1,250 km and is expected to bring down the travel time to about 12 hours which earlier was about 24 hours.
Earlier, it was decided that Gurugram will be the starting point of this expressway but now with the plan to extend the road to the Delhi, it will be a complete stretch from the national capital to Mumbai, the official added. For the initial part, the land acquisition process has already initiated.
In order to reduce the traffic woes of Delhi and NCR daily commuters, the Union government in 2015 had announced a plan to build half a dozen link roads to provide direct connectivity to the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) and Western Peripheral Expressway (WPE) from Delhi. While the EPE has already started its operation, the completion work of WPE is underway.
Apart from these, the construction of Dwarka Expressway and Urban Extension Road has also started which will further reduce traffic congestion on the arterial roads.