Eastern peripheral expressway is a 135 km & 6 Lane Expressway, which envisages signal-free connectivity between Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Palwal. The Eastern & Western peripheral expressway was planned in 2006 following the top court’s order to build a ring road outside the national capital for channeling the traffic not bound for Delhi. The apex court had asked the Center in 2005 to build the Eastern peripheral expressway around Delhi by July 2016 to decongest and “de-pollute” the national capital.
The Eastern peripheral expressway was scheduled to be inaugurated by PM Mr. Narendra Modi on 29 April 2018 but was cancelled due to the election in Karnataka however it was inaugurated on 27 May 2018. The Eastern Peripheral Expressway which is expected to provide major relief to Delhi from vehicular pollution. Best thing in the 135 km expressway that toll will be collected only on the distance travelled and not on the entire length, National Highway Authority of India (NAHI) Chief General Engineer B.S. Singla told.
Apart from that, NHAI has also installed weigh-in-motion sensors on all entry point which will ensure that over-loaded vehicles are not allowed to enter the expressway. Provision for parking of overloaded trucks where they can unload some of the cargo to satisfy the weight criteria and then move to the expressway. On the Eastern peripheral expressway, over-speeding vehicles will be issued the challan at the Toll Plaza and the challan amount would be added to the toll amount. This will be a great deterrent to over speeding. To check speeding, cameras have been put up every two kilometers.
As per the plan, the road will get modern tolling and incident management system to track moment of vehicles, accidents and other emergencies on a real-time basis but it will take more than six months to put all those in place. This part of the project will be undertaken with assistance from JICA.
NAHI Member (Public Private Partnership) Neeraj Verma said the Expressway will reduce the pollution in Delhi-NCR by around 27 to 28 percent according to study. A Green highway with solar panels installed at various locations which will provide power to illuminate the underpasses below the expressway.
There are eight solar panels plants along the expressway having the capacity of 4,000 kilowatts. These plants will supply power to the grid and the amenities on the expressway will take power from the same grid.
33% of the earthwork on the highway was done using fly ash coal power plant thereby compounding to reducing pollution.
Major junction for the highway is from Kundli to Palwal. Major cities covered by the highway is Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Baghpat, Sonipat, and Greater Noida & Palwal.
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The expressway having two-sections, the 56 km-long Palwal-Ghaziabad section, and 49 km-long Ghaziabad-Sonipat section. The Eastern peripheral expressway also is known as National expressway II. The expressway is set to complete in a record time of 500 days as against the sanctioned target of 910 days. It happens because extra manpower was employed and work was done day and night to complete this project in the record time.