The district administration has handed over 71 hectares to the National Highways Authority of India for the construction of the Delhi-Meerut expressway here, an official said on December 8, 2019.
The chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh was instructed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through videoconferencing to clear the land at Dasna, Rasoolpur, Sikrod and Kushaliya villages within 45 days. As many as 201 houses were demolished with the help of owners and the target was achieved within 15 days, said District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey.
Pandey said Rs 10.28 crore compensation was awarded to 81 villagers on December 8, 2019.
Fifty farmers would be awarded compensation on December 9 and the rest would get it within a week, he said.
“Camps were organised at all four villages and compensation was transferred to their accounts. The possession of 71.14 hectares was given to the NHAI,” said Pandey, adding that the hurdle in the construction of the expressway had been cleared.
First phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway, and the Eastern Peripheral Expressway, inaugurated by PM
Update on May 28, 2019: Prime minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the first phase of the Rs 7,500-crore Delhi-Meerut Expressway that is expected to reduce travel time considerably. Modi, after inaugurating the 14-lane highway spanning Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to UP Gate, rode in an open car, waving at crowds gathered on either sides of the highway. Road Transport and Shipping minister Nitin Gadkari, too rode in a separate open car alongside Modi.
The roadshow started from Nizamuddin bridge, the start of the nearly 9-km first leg of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway. After a 6-km travel on the stretch, he flew to Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh to inaugurate the country’s first smart and green highway, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway. The first phase of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway cost Rs 842 crores to build the 9-km stretch of 14-lane highway, according to an advertisement released by the government on the project.
The Delhi-Meerut Expressway, which will have dedicated bicycle tracks on the nearly 28-km stretch between Delhi and Dasna, will cut travel time between Delhi and Meerut to 45 minutes, from the current 2.5 hours now. The total length of the project is 82 km, of which the first 27.74 kms will be 14-laned, while the rest will be a 6-lane expressway. The expressway will do away with 31 traffic signals on the Delhi-Meerut road, the busiest highway in the region, and make it signal free.
Modi had in December 2015, laid the foundation stone of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway to be built at a cost of Rs 7,566 crore. The project is being built in four segments – Nizamuddin Bridge to UP Border; UP Border to Dasna; Dasna to Hapur; and Hapur to Meerut. Besides, six-laning of the 22 km long Dasna-Hapur section of the NH 24 will cost Rs 1,122 crores.