The Prime Minister last month launched three important highway projects worth Rs 10,166 crore to decongest Delhi. "We are committed to ease the traffic problems of Delhi and are taking a slew of steps. Another major milestone to decongest Delhi will be Delhi-Meerut Expressway, foundation stone of which will be laid by Prime Minister on December 31," Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told report.

The Minister said presently there is only one route i.e. NH-58 between Delhi and Meerut on which the traffic remains jammed at several places, thus causing a lot of inconvenience to people commuting between Delhi and Meerut.

"An urgent need for an expressway was felt for unhindered fast and safe travel from Delhi to Meerut and vice versa and accordingly the project was prepared," Gadkari said. The alignment of Delhi-Meerut Express will start from Nizammudin Bridge (Km 00) from Delhi and will continue on existing NH 24 upto Dasna (30.38 km).

"From Dasna there will be completely a new alignment upto Meerut. The alignment will terminate on inner ring road Meerut bypass near Railway crossing at Meerut," he said.

The project is proposed under four packages with the three packages Nizamuddin Bridge to UP Border, UP Border to Dasna and Dasna to Hapur project cost at Rs 2,809.6 crore. The fourth package will be a new alignment of Delhi Meerut Expressway from Dasna to Meerut and six laning of connector.

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