India’s first “smart and green highway”: the Eastern Peripheral Expressway, which was completed in 500 days against the target of 910 days, will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on Friday. The announcement was made by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari. In addition to being eco-friendly, the green highway will have enhanced safety features and interactive infrastructure.
The Eastern Peripheral Expressway is a 135 km six lane access controlled highway which links Kundli to Palwal via Ghaziabad. The route will bypass Delhi on the eastern side and go straight through Haryana and Uttar Pradesh crossing Sonipat, Faridabad, Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar. Through this, the expressway will offer direct connectivity to the National Capital Region thus fulfilling of a long pending dream of a signal free connectivity between Palwal, Gautam Budh Nagar, Faridabad and Ghaziabad.
The 135 km six lane Eastern Peripheral Expressway begins on National Highway 1 at Kundli and terminates on National Highway 2 at Palwal. En route, it will cross the Yamuna river and three other national highways: NH58 at Murad Nagar, NH24 at Dasna and NH91 at Beelakbarpur. The greenfield project has been provided with smart traffic management systems along with video incident detection systems. Similarly, the highway has also been deployed with devices to check overspeeding, weigh-in-motions, pavement management systems and warning devices connected with an extensive fibre optical network. The Eastern Peripheral Expressway, which is expected to divert nearly 2 lakh vehicles from Delhi, will make use of solar power for the streetlights. There are eight solar power plants on the expressway, each with a capacity of 4000 kilo-watt (4 MW).
The Eastern Peripheral Expressway, which was completed in a year and a half, will be India’s first bridge that has vertical gardens equipped with solar power systems and drip irrigation. In addition to wayside amenities such as washrooms, petrol pumps, motels, shops, rest areas, repair services and restaurants, the six lane highway will also have a 2.5 metre cycle track which has been developed on both sides of the highway.