Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday inaugurated the Delhi-Meerut Expressway phase-3, built at a cost of Rs 1,058 crore.

The 82-kilometre long Delhi-Meerut Expressway connects Delhi with Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh.

A sum of Rs 8,346 crore is likely to be spent on the project. The third phase or package from Dasna in Ghaziabad to Hapur is over 22km long, with a civil cost of Rs 1,058 crore.

This 6-lane section has 2+2 lane service roads on either sides, and a 4.68km long 6-lane elevated corridor at Pilkhuwa.

The project will help in decongesting National Capital Region and bring significant reduction in pollution level, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement. It will also lead to reduction in travel time by more than an hour.

The 4.68-km long 6-lane elevated corridor at Pilkhuwa has been conferred gold medal for innovation in construction technology.

The Delhi-Meerut Expressway project is being implemented in four packages ,an 8.72 km long 6-lane expressway/ 8-lane NH 24 from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to Ghazipur border, already completed in June 2018, a 19.28 km long 6-lane expressway/ 8-lane NH 24 from Ghazipur border to Dasna in UP which is 60% done and 22.23 km long 6-lane NH 24 with 2+2 lane service roads on either sides from Dasna to Hapur in UP, which is being inaugurated.

The Pilkhuwa Viaduct has also been awarded as outstanding concrete structure of western UP.

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