Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Rs 11,000-cr Eastern Peripheral Expressway to complete in August: Nitin Gadkari

BAGPAT (UTTAR PRADESH): India's first smart and green highway -- Eastern Peripheral Expressway -- for decongesting Delhi will be completed in August this year, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation the 135-km, the nearly Rs 11,000 crore access-controlled six-lane expressway.

The project is replete with smart and intelligent highway traffic management system (HTMS) and video incident detection system (VIDS) besides a closed tolling system in which the collections will be made only on the distance travelled and not on the entire length.

"The project, most likely, will be completed in August this year. We have spent a huge Rs 5,900 crore on land acquisition. Once complete, This will reduce traffic congestion in Delhi and will have the best automatic traffic management system, landscaping, besides wayside amenities. We're planting at least 2.5 lakh trees and the expressway will be lit by solar panels," Road Transport and Highways Minister Gadkari said here.

The Eastern Peripheral Expressway will set a benchmark in highway construction by being environment-friendly with world-class safety features and smart/interactive infrastructure, the minister said.

The project, which commenced on September 14, 2015 will consume a million tonnes of flyash from NTPC's various thermal plants to utilise waste and minimise pollution.

The greenfield project, which hit several hurdles and saw laying of its foundation by Prime Minster Narendra Modi on 5 November, 2015, will divert around 2 lakh vehicles passing through the national capital daily to this bypass, cutting out pollution.

Gadkari, who inspected the project sites in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, said the toll plazas will be equipped with the faster Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system offering an uninterrupted travel experience to users.

"The Expressway will be equipped with HTMS which will include Variable Message Signs (VMS), CCTV, VIDS, Warning Devices, Overspeed Checking System, Weigh-in-Motion, Pavement Management Systems and Fibre Optic Network.

All information collected from HTMS equipment will be relayed to a central server in control room which will, on the basis of input, trigger alarms and change VMS messages etc. This will result in real-time incident management," he said.

Along the expressway, wayside amenities like petrol pumps, motels, rest areas, restaurants, shops, repair services etc will be developed, he said.

Landscaping will be done at all the interchanges, major bridges and toll plazas with provision of fountains and lighting and a total of about 2.5 lakh trees of various species will be planted as green belt within row of the Project Expressway, he added.

Unique features of the project will be rainwater harvesting at every 500 metres on either side of the Expressway and the watering of the plants will be done through drip irrigation, he said.

In keeping with the Prime Minister's Swachh Bharat Mission, provision of toilets will be made at regular intervals along the expressway on either side at a distance of 25 km, he added.

The expressway passes through Sonipat, Bagpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Faridabad and Palwal in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, and the proposed alignment crosses river Yamuna at Khurrampur/Khata in UP and Faizpur Khadar in Haryana and crosses the river Hindon.

The project will consume 10.2 lakh tonne cement, about one lakh tonne steel, 19 lakh tonnes of sand and 50 lakh tonnes aggregates. Manpower employed is 7,275.

The project had earlier faced resistance from farmers over land and other issues which have since been solved by giving higher compensation.

The Supreme Court has directed police chiefs of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to provide adequate security for expeditious completion of the project.

The project work has been divided into six packages and are being carried out by Sadbhav Engineering, Jai Prakash Associates, Ashoka Buildcon, Oriential Structural Engineers and Gayatri Project and barring package III, the physical progress of the packages was between 57 and 61 per cent.

Package III, being built by the debt-laden construction and cement firm Jaiprakash Associates, made only 36 per cent progress.

There are about 400 structures in this project out of which two major bridges are on river Yamuna and one major bridge on river Hindon and Agra Canal.

There are 8 interchanges, 4 flyovers, 71 vehicle underpasses, 6 RoBs etc.

"Eastern Peripheral Highway is just the beginning. We will make 12 such express highways. Three of such highways will be started in 2017 itself," Gadkari said.
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India's Eastern Peripheral Expressway boasts of many firsts, to be ready within 500 days

NEW DELHI/KUNDLI: The Eastern Peripheral Expressway -- which is expected to provide major relief to Delhi from vehicular pollution -- is set to be completed in a record time of 500 days as against a sanctioned target of 910 days, NHAI officials said.

The 135-km Expressway will boast of many firsts including a closed tolling system in which toll will be collected only on the distance travelled and not on the entire length, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) Chief General Engineer ..

There will also be provision for electronic collection of toll to ensure disruption-free movement of traffic.

"Apart from that, we 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," he said.

Normally, weigh-in motion sensors are installed -- if at all they are -- at toll plazas when it is not possible to send the vehicles back. But here, the sensors are installed at all entry points with two gates -- one leading to the Expressway and the other redirecting the vehicle if it is over-loaded.

"We have also made provision for parking of overloaded trucks where they can unload some of the cargo to satisfy the weight criteria and then move to the Expressway. This is the first expe ..

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," Singla said.

While some work is still to be completed on the expressway which connects Palwal with Kundli bypassing Delhi, the Expressway is expected to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 29.

All NHAI officers that the IANS spoke to expressed confidence in completing the pending work by then.

NHAI Member (Public Private Partnership) Neeraj Verma said the Expressway will reduce vehicular pollution in Delhi-NCR by around 27 to 28 per cent according to a study.

"Also, we have made it a green highway with solar panels installed at various locations which will provide power to illuminate the underpasses below the Expressway," he said.

Also, there are eight solar power plants along the Expressway having a capacity of 4,000 kilowatt. These plants will supply power to the grid and the amenities on the Expressway will take power from the same grid.

"So in effect we will produce the power that we consume and will have zero operating cost as far as power is concerned," Verma said.

He added that 33 per cent of the earth work on the highway was done using fly ash from coal power plants thereby compounding its contribution to reducing pollution.

Singla added that while Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari had ordered him and other officers to complete the work in 400 days as against the sanctioned target of 910 days, the team was able to finish the work in a record time of around 500 days despite several technical and other hurdles.

Gadkari's close aide Vaibhav Dange said this was achieved because of the personal interest Gadkari took in the project which also led to fast clearances.

"Every bill of the contractors was paid within 24 hours. Extra manpower was deployed and work was done day and night to complete this project in the record time," he said.

"And it is not just about completing this in lesser number of days. It's about the change in the attitude where now every stakeholder believes that it can be done," he added.

The 135-km six-lane access-controlled Expressway is built at a cost of around Rs 11,000 crore and will help decongest the national capital.

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Monday, 23 April 2018

NHAI plans tram network along Dwarka Expressway

New Delhi: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is exploring the option of putting a tram or light rail transport system along the Urban Extension Road-II, which will connect NH-1, NH-10 and NH-8, and the upcoming Dwarka Expressway. The road stretches have a combined length of about 83 km.

"The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is providing us 90 metres right of way (RoW) for building the UER-II. We will need 60 metres for constructing the road and another 20 metres for greenery. So, we have another 10 metres available for laying track for tram or any other mass public transport facility," an NHAI official said. Similarly, enough land will be available along the Dwarka Expressway.
Officials said the NHAI will soon start a feasibility study to find the traffic demand and which mode of light rail transit will be viable for this stretch. They added that planning such a mode of transport would be timely.

Sources said the road transport ministry is also looking at it as a pilot to try a public transport facility along the NHs since the stretch will be a big corridor connecting the three major national highways. A faster and cleaner mode of transport will also bring other economic and environmental benefits.
Both the UER-II and Dwarka Expressway are being developed under the new flagship highway programme Bharatmala. Officials said these were priority projects for NHAI.

However, people who have bought houses along Dwarka Expressway have been protesting against the NHAI for delay in construction of the road.

NHAI officials said it will take about two years to complete the project. "Land acquisition for a small portion is underway. We have received bids for one package of the project and work will start soon. We have redesigned the expressway," the official said.

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IGI to get 2 new approach roads in 3 years

NEW DELHI: Indira Gandhi International Airport will get two new approach roads — one from south Delhi and another from the upcoming Dwarka Expressway — in less than three years. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will build the links at an expense of about Rs 1,350 crore.

The first link connecting the airport to the proposed interchange at Shiv Murti will be a 1.5 km shallow tunnel which will join the T3 road. This will be a four-lane underground stretch which can be used by commuters from Vasant Kunj, IIT, Munirka and Mehrauli.



The Shiv Murti interchange will have elevated connectivity to Nelson Mandela Road through Rangpuri. Commuters taking the interchange for NH-8 and the upcoming Dwarka Expressway would be able to use the tunnel to reach T3.
Traffic flow to the IGI Airport complex is expected to increase substantially because of Aerocity, where official and social functions are hosted.

NHAI officials said the project could be completed in less than three years. Already, the Central Public Works Department is building a bypass for Mahipalpur, which will also have a tunnel connecting the airport near the National Crime Records Bureau office on DelhiGurgaon carriageway.
“We have invited bids for Shiv Murti tunnel costing approximately Rs 350 crore as a part of the first package of Dwarka Expressway. We are hopeful of awarding it next month. NHAI and the civil aviation ministry will share the cost 50:50,” a government official said.

Similarly, to improve connectivity from the upcoming Dwarka Expressway, NHAI will build a 5km link road from Bijwasan railway station up to T3. Speaking at a TOI event in Gurgaon last week, highways minister Nitin Gadkari had said NHAI was working on a plan to provide seamless connectivity to the airport for traffic coming from Manesar as traffic on the route would increase once people started occupying houses along the Dwarka Expressway. This will also be the key link to the upcoming Dwarka convention centre, which will be the biggest in the country.

“About 3.5 km of this connectivity will be tunnel. It will be a deep tunnel, which will pass beneath the runway like that of Express Metro. It will be a six-lane tunnel. We are preparing the details and it will cost about Rs 1,000 crore. We will be in a position to award this project in the next 6-7 months,” an NHAI official said.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Last hurdle on Dwarka e-way cleared: Nitin Gadkari

GURUGRAM: The final hurdle holding up Dwarka Expressway has been cleared, Union cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari said at a town hall with TOI in Gurugram on Monday.
Union Cabinate Minister Nitin Gadkari 

Gadkari, who handles several key portfolios in the Modi government, including road, transport, and highways, held out hope to thousands of homebuyers who have invested in real estate along the expressway only to realise that the project has missed several deadlines and work was stuck in several places.

It was only recently that National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) under Gadkari took over the project.



The last hurdle to the 17-km-long expressway was a group of 24 houses whose owners had moved court. This has been resolved, Gadkari told the packed town hall attended by prominent citizens of Gurugram.

Gadkari said his ministry had planned to complete Dwarka Expressway in four packages, three of which have already been awarded. The fourth was pending due to litigation by house owners, but because the issue was now resolved, work will begin on it within a month.

He also said 10 projects meant to address the city’s traffic issues are currently in progress. Work has started on the Dhaula Kuan to IGI airport corridor. Getting defence ministry to part with their land was tough, he said, but it has now been achieved, and work will be completed within four to five months.

Citing his experience of traffic jams between Delhi and Gurugram, the minister said banquet halls on both sides of the road often cause snarls. “I’ve asked for a review of the situation with banquet halls that have encroached,” he said, adding these will have to be demolished and service lanes broadened.
Work on another major project — Metrino pod taxi between Dhaula Kuan and Manesar, which he described as his “dream project” — will begin within one and a half months, he said. The ministry has received tenders from three firms, which are now being assessed.

Speaking about promoting public transport, he said there is an immediate need to cut down on use of private vehicles.

On shifting of Kherki Daula toll plaza, he said the ministry has decided upon shifting the toll from its present location towards Jaipur. Once the state government offers an alternative plot to NHAI, work can begin within eight days.

He added the ministry is mulling over launching double decker buses on the Delhi-Jaipur, Delhi-Chandigarh and other routes, to promote public transport.

The buses will have airlines-like facilities. He also said NHAI is spending Rs 1,000 crore on underpasses, flyovers and U-turn at the three crossings — Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower and Rajiv Chowk.

Another major project — Eastern Peripheral Road (EPR), which had been stuck after Haryana government-appointed contractor left the project midway, and none of the state governments paid up their share of the Rs 2,000 crore cost for land acquisition — was completed by NHAI, and is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi next week, said Gadkari.

Union minister of state for chemicals and fertilizers, Rao Inderjit Singh, who is also a Gurugram MP, told the audience that all encroachments were removed from Dwarka Expressway in the past two weeks, and efforts are on to provide alternative plots to house owners who were evicted.
He requested Gadkari to announce a policy that removed the toll plaza, instead of shifting it elsewhere, adding that toll fees should be collected from vehicle owners at one go, as part of registration charges.

He also added that a flyover towards Ambience Mall will be built at Shankar Chowk for Rs 170 crore, with DLF and Ambience sharing 25% of the project cost each.

Senior district administration officials, developers, members from prominent RWAs and social activists attended the event.

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