The Rs 5,763 crore Eastern Peripheral Expressway project to decongest Delhi is on fast-track to completion. In about “400 days” the project will become India’s first 135 km green road to be lit entirely by solar panels and have advanced traffic system. The project, which commenced in May, will consume a million tonnes of flyash from NTPC’s various thermal plants to utilize waste and minimize pollution. On completion, the greenfield project that had hit several road blocks will divert around 2 lakh vehicles passing through the national capital daily to this bypass, curtailing pollution. Apart from being access-controlled, the project will have the best automatic traffic management system, land-scaping, way side amenities etc. The project will set the pace and the path for many such expressway projects, which are greenfield in nature all across the country. The expressway passes through Sonipat, Bagpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Faridabad and Palwal in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, and the proposed alignment crosses river Yamuna at Khurrampur/Khata in UP and Faizpur Khadar in Haryana and crosses the river Hindon.
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