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The Delhi Meerut Expressway is a road-based transportation project which seeks to connect Delhi with Meerut via Dasna in Ghaziabad. With increasing rush on the Delhi-Meerut traditional road, this expressway is coming up at the opportune time.
This will cover a total length of 96 kilometers. The project involves increasing number of lanes from 8 to 14 on the old NH-9 route till Dasna and constructing a new alignment from Dasna to Meerut which will be of 6 lanes and this will connect with Meerut bypass road at Partapur which has already been developed. From Dasna, another section of this project will reach Hapur and this will be an 8-lane road. Once completed, this expressway will be the widest expressway of the country. Also, this expressway will be controlled-access expressway.
The project will have a long bridge on the Upper Ganga Canal, 11 underpasses, 7 minor bridges, 6 major junctions, 105 minor junctions, 2 pedestrian underpasses and a flyover at Hapur bypass.
Construction Plan and Completion
This project has been divided in to following sections-
Section 1: Nizamuddin to Delhi UP Border- 100% Completed.
Section 2: Delhi-UP Border to Dasna- 53% Completed.
Section 3: Dasna to Hapur via Pilkhuwa- 100% Completed.
Section 4: Dasna to Meerut- 68% Completed.
Using Solid Waste and Plastic Waste for the Project
The solid waste from Ghazipur landfill will be used for this construction project. Also, the use of plastic waste in constructing a section of the highway is also contributing to the green initiatives of the government. There is a conscious effort to make use of the plastic waste for National Highway projects within 50 km periphery radius limit of the urban areas that have a population of 5 lakhs or more.
From Hapur to Kanpur to Lucknow
There is a plan to extend the expressway from Hapur to Kanpur later on. And, with the UP government already working on a Kanpur to Lucknow expressway, this will mean bringing Delhi far closer to Lucknow than ever before as travel time would be cut substantially.