Aimed at reducing traffic difficulties in the national capital, the ambitious Delhi-Meerut Expressway project proposes construction of total four stretches, including Nizamuddin Bridge to UP border, UP border to Dasna as well as Dasna to Hapur.
The fourth package will be a new alignment of Delhi-Meerut Expressway from Dasna to Meerut and six laning of connector. The alignment will terminate on inner ring road/ Meerut bypass near Railway crossing at Meerut. The proposed Dasna-Meerut expressway alignment gets Centre’s approval subject to certain conditions.
According to sources, based on the recommendations of the Expert Appraisal Committee, environment clearance has been granted by the Environment Ministry to NHAI’s proposal to construct a greenfield alignment in the Dasna-Meerut stretch of Delhi-Meerut Expressway and the six-lane connector.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has proposed constructing a 46-km long road on this new alignment consisting of one major bridge and four minor ones.
NHAI has also proposed improving and widening 19 culverts to four lanes, with 626 to be newly constructed.
The proposed project is estimated to cost Rs 1,658 crore. It would involve land acquisition of 479.91 hectares approximately.
NHAI has been asked to secure stage-I forest clearance diversion of 15 hectares of forest land by the Environment Ministry as required under the law.
Meanwhile, NHAI has given an undertaking to the ministry that it would execute work on non-forest land only up to such point on either side of forest land and in case it does not get forest clearance, the project would be executed along an alternative alignment without involving forest land diversion.
The commencement of work on non-forest land will not confer any right with regard to grant of approval under the Forest (Conservation) Act.
NHAI and the Transport Ministry have been asked to re-evaluate the minimum distance between national highway and urbanisation, industrialisation or commercialisation of stretches to avoid congestion. This clearance is going to comfort the travellers to some extent between the two cities.