Modi lays foundation stone of Delhi-Meerut Expressway

December 31, 2015: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, which forms part of a network of planned highways around the national capital to decongest it.

Modi noted that the new expressway would benefit the growing middle-class, as many urban Indians now head out for weekend outings. A good road network linking Delhi to nearby cities would be beneficial for all, he added. 

The Rs76 billion Delhi-Meerut Expressway will be a six-lane artery, featuring service lanes, cycle tracks, elevated sections and flyovers. The 87-km-long expressway would link Nizamuddin bridge in Delhi to the UP border and onwards to Dasna and Meerut. The expressway will reduce travel time between Delhi and Meerut from nearly three hours at present to just 45 minutes.

Modi had a few weeks ago laid the foundation stone for three major highway projects – the Eastern Peripheral highway, the Western Peripheral highway and the eight-laning of the national highway between Delhi and Panipat.