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Delhi-Meerut Expressway gets new deadline: December 2020

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Updated: Aug 31, 2020 23:43 IST

Peeyush Khandelwal


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The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is now treating December 2020 as the extended deadline of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME) project after Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted that the DME will be completed by December 2020.

The DME comprises four phases of which phase 1 (Akshardham to UP Gate) and phase 3 ( Dasna to Hapur) are operational. Phase 2 (UP Gate to Dasna) and phase 4 (Dasna to Meerut ) are under construction. The NHAI officials said the previous deadline was May 2020 which is now been extended to December 2020.
“Delhi-Meerut Expressway will be completed by December 2020. It will further ease traffic and reduce pollution in Delhi/NCR. The aerial video gives us the glimpse of its ongoing and completed work. #PragatiKaHighway,” Gadkari had tweeted on Sunday.
The phase 2 is about 19.2km while phase 4 is about 32km and stretches from Dasna in Ghaziabad to Meerut and is being built as a six-lane access-controlled highway.

“Since the minister has announced the deadline of December 2020, it will now be the our official completion time. We are also planning that the six lanes of the expressway from Delhi to Meerut gets complete before December,” said Mudit Garg, project director NHAI.
“We will now be holding meetings at our headquarters and also at local level to expedite work as per the revised deadline,” he said.
The 14 lanes of the DME comprise six lanes of expressway (towards the centre) while the four outer lanes on each side will be dedicated highway lanes. The expressway lanes run from Akshardham to Meerut over a distance of 60km and is likely to be converted into a cashless stretch with the installation of automatic registration plate readers. These readers help calculate the distance covered by a vehicle, going by its entry and exit points, and automatically deduct from the toll from the e-wallet of the traveller.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 31, 2015, had laid the foundation stone for the DME project. In November 2019, the deadline of DME was revised to May 2020, which has now been extended.
However, there are more challenges ahead with the new deadline. The phase 2 is about 84% complete while phase 4 is 74% complete. But officials are now carrying out construction with a 40-50% lesser workforce as most migrant workers left for their villages in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown on March 25.
“We have some issues with farmers and about 10% of the compensation promised to them is still pending. Some farmers have not taken the compensation while others have moved the court demanding more money. We have paid the highest possible compensation to farmers for the DME project,” Garg said.

According to officials, they have paid bout ₹60 crore per kilometre as compensation to farmers as against ₹40 crore per kilometre given for the Eastern Peripheral Expressway.
“We are also trying to manage the ongoing work with fewer workers. Overall, for phase 2, we require about 1,500 workers and for phase 2, we require 1,300 workers. Also, we still need clearance for one span of the Chipiyana rail over bridge under phase 2,” he said.
The phase 1 of the project caters to about 1.2 lakh passenger car units (PCUs) per day while the phase 2 is estimated to cater to about 60000 PCUs per day. The estimated PCU for the phase 4 is about 48000 per day.



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Explained: Significance of Delhi-Meerut Expressway, set to be completed by year-end

The route covers crucial congested points, including the NH58 stretch between Anand Vihar and Meerut that passes through Modi Nagar and Murad Nagar.

Written by Amil Bhatnagar , Edited by Explained Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 11, 2020 9:03:48 am



DelhiMeerut Expressway connects Delhi with Meerut via Dasna in Ghaziabad. Express Photo by Abhinav Saha

The Delhi-Meerut Expressway is expected to be complete in December this year, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said last week. The aim is to reduce travel time between the two cities to 60 minutes.


What is the Delhi Meerut Expressway Project?
A 96-km long regulated traffic expressway by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) that will connect Delhi and Meerut, the expressway is divided into four sections, with its beginning point at Nizamuddin and culminating point at Partapur in Meerut.
The route covers crucial congested points, including the NH58 stretch between Anand Vihar and Meerut that passes through Modi Nagar and Murad Nagar. The project is set to reduce travel time between Delhi and Meerut to less than 60 minutes once all sections of the Expressway become fully functional.

For how long has the project been in the pipeline?
In 1999, the then MoS Urban Affairs and Employment, Bandaru Dattatreya, proposed in Parliament four expressways to connect Delhi with neighboring cities, which included a 60-km stretch between Ghaziabad and Meerut.
In 2005, a notification was given in the NCR Transport Plan about a highway section between Ghaziabad and Meerut to be completed by 2021. The Delhi Ghaziabad Expressway became part of the Phase VI of the National Highway Development Project in 2006. Five years later, the tentative date for completion of the project was decided to be December 2015.
Due to delays in feasibility reports, the contract award was also pushed back and it was in 2014 that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the construction of roads under the project. The project’s foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Modi on December 31, 2015.


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What is the significance of the project for West UP?
The project comprises four phases – Phase 1 (8.7 km) between Akshardham to UP Gate Phase 2 (19.2 km) between UP Gate and Dasna, Phase 3 (22 km) Dasna and Hapur and Phase 4 (46 km) between Dasna and Meerut.
According to officials, several people in NCR working in the national capital prefer to stay in Ghaziabad and adjoining Western UP areas. There is heavy concentration of population in areas like Masuri, Dasna and industrial areas like Modi Nagar that adds to the traffic.
The route witnesses heavy traffic and vehicular movement which indicated the need for a dedicated corridor to decongest Ring Roads of Delhi. The Eastern Peripheral Expressway was also built on the premise of reducing non-Delhi vehicular load on the bypass.
The project is set to streamline the movement with 14 lanes each in the first two phases and 8 lanes between Dasna and Hapur and a six-lane expressway in the fourth phase. In the 14-lane stretch, six lanes will comprise the central expressway till Meerut while the four lanes outside will be highway lanes.
The enhanced connectivity to Delhi is being perceived as a plus point in terms of investments for the state dovernment. “We are onboard with the Delhi Meerut Expressway Project since it will connect the state to Delhi. The government will be providing with every necessary help to the NHAI to ensure that the project is completed on time”, said Avanish Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) UP Government


What have been the roadblocks so far?
The construction of the project was marred by protests by farmers in Ghaziabad and adjoining areas. According to UP government officials, land worth Rs 1200 crore had been acquired for the project.
Earlier this year, construction was held up at a 31-km stretch after farmers of Muradabad village staged protests for increased compensation for their land. The officials believe that compensation has been carried out adequately as per the Land Acquisition Act rules.
“The farmers have approached the court but the fact remains that due compensation has been made. The net compensation to farmers comes to about Rs 60 crore per km while the same is about Rs 6 crore in the project between Delhi and Mumbai. The protests will not come in the way of project completion,” said Mudit Garg, Project Manager, NHAI.
The project was also delayed after a probe was set up in 2017 against two former DMs of Ghaziabad for alleged irregularity in land acquisition for the project. The state government accepted a final report in the matter which recommended compensation worth Rs 486.98 crore for 71.1495 hectares following anomalies in acquisition.
The officials state that in 2020, virtually no progress was achieved due to Covid lockdown and lack of availability of labour. “If we had an extra work force, we could have been ahead of schedule as well. But the situation is becoming better and were confident of meeting the deadline”, said Mudit Garg.


`When will the project become fully operational?
Phase 1 and Phase 3 are complete and were inaugurated by the PM Modi and Nitin Gadkari, Transport and Highway Minister, respectively. Approximately 15 per cent work is left in Phase 2 while another 25 per cent is due to be completed in Phase 4.


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Farmers threaten to stop work on Delhi-Meerut Expressway, demand hiked compensation

CITIES Updated: Sep 16, 2020 23:01 IST

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Hundreds of farmers from different villages of Ghaziabad and Meerut districts gathered at the Govindpuram Anaj Mandi and demanded increase in compensation for their land and service roads used for the Delhi Meerut Expressway (DME) project. The farmers have threatened to stop work for phase 4 of the DME if their demands are not met within the next 10-12 days.

The DME has four phases, two of which are under construction and two are operational. Phase 2 is under construction over a stretch of 19.2km from UP-Gate to Dasna while phase 4, about 32km, is proposed to connect Dasna to Meerut with the help of a six lane access-controlled expressway.
“Farmers of villages from where land is acquired for DME walked from Meerut and Ghaziabad and gathered at Govindpuram. We intended to stage a protest outside the district collectorate but administrative officials sent a delegation to hold discussions. We have given them 10-12 days to decide our demand, else there will be a complete stoppage of work,” said Babli Kasana, president of Kisan Ekta Sangh, a farmers’ association.
He said the association has demanded that famers who have received less than Rs 8,500 per square metre for compensation should be given this amount for their land. He said land for the DME was acquired from 19 villages in Ghaziabad and five in Meerut district.

“The rate of Rs 8,500 is the highest given to farmers from Dasna. Further, we have demanded 14km of service road between Pilkhuwa to Kharkhauda and Mohiuddinpur to Kharkhauda alongside the DME alignment. This will help farmers get a better connectivity to their fields through the underpasses constructed for DME,” he added.
Phase 4, like phase 2, is also in an advanced stage of construction and is likely to be completed by the 0end of December.
Officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), meanwhile, said they have already given a heavy compensation to farmers as per norms and the average rate is about Rs 6,000 to Rs 6,500 per square metre (sqm).
“If we compare, we have given about Rs 60 crore per kilometre under the DME project while Rs 40 crore per kilometre was given for the Eastern Peripheral Expressway. The rates are very high when we compare it to the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway project, which were about Rs 6 crore per kilometre. If service roads are given, there will be no use for the expressway and commuters will start using these roads in order to avoid toll,” said an officer from the authority, requesting anonymity.

The farmers, on the other hand, said NHAI is providing about 8.5km of service road which is not a single connecting road. The NHAI said that they have proposed about 45 underpasses under phase 4 and will help farmers with internal connectivity.
“We have complied with norms while providing compensation. Now, it is up to the Ghaziabad district administration to decide upon issues raised by farmers. At our sites, we need adequate police protection as the work is going on at a fast pace and we cannot afford any hindrances,” said Mudit Garg, project director of NHAI.
The district administration said it held meetings with farmers when they came to Ghaziabad on Tuesday night and also during their stay on Wednesday.

“The administration is reviewing the progress of different cases (related to land compensation) which are in arbitration and also those which have been referred to the state administration. A regular progress review is taken up on a daily basis. We held discussions with farmers and have also urged them not to stop work as it is a public utility project. The committee of farmers has given us 10-12 days to look into their demands,” said Shailendra Kumar Singh, additional district magistrate (city).



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mayank_811

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Hi Guys..

We are planning a drive till Rishikesh & onwards Kanatal next week. Just wanted a review of my proposed route:

Route 1 : Delhi - DME till Hapur bypass - Meerut - Muzaffarnagar-Roorkee-Haridwar-Rishikesh
Route 2 : Delhi-Hapur bypass- Meerut- Bijnor- Najibabad - NH 34 to Haridwar- Rishikesh
Route 3 : Delhi- Meerut-Muzfrngr - SH 59 - Chutmalpur bypass- Dehradoon- Rishikesh

Rishikesh - Narendra nagar- Chamba- Kanatal

Any advice will be highly appreciated...thanks....
 

jeetcp

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Hi Guys..

We are planning a drive till Rishikesh & onwards Kanatal next week. Just wanted a review of my proposed route:

Route 1 : Delhi - DME till Hapur bypass - Meerut - Muzaffarnagar-Roorkee-Haridwar-Rishikesh
Route 2 : Delhi-Hapur bypass- Meerut- Bijnor- Najibabad - NH 34 to Haridwar- Rishikesh
Route 3 : Delhi- Meerut-Muzfrngr - SH 59 - Chutmalpur bypass- Dehradoon- Rishikesh

Rishikesh - Narendra nagar- Chamba- Kanatal

Any advice will be highly appreciated...thanks....
Why complicate it. Just follow maps and it will take you through ghaziabad > modinagar > meerut (or ganga canal road) >muzaffarnagar by pass > roorkee > haridwar.
Shortest is generally good.
 

Surbhi Bansal

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Hi Guys..

We are planning a drive till Rishikesh & onwards Kanatal next week. Just wanted a review of my proposed route:

Route 1 : Delhi - DME till Hapur bypass - Meerut - Muzaffarnagar-Roorkee-Haridwar-Rishikesh
Route 2 : Delhi-Hapur bypass- Meerut- Bijnor- Najibabad - NH 34 to Haridwar- Rishikesh
Route 3 : Delhi- Meerut-Muzfrngr - SH 59 - Chutmalpur bypass- Dehradoon- Rishikesh

Rishikesh - Narendra nagar- Chamba- Kanatal

Any advice will be highly appreciated...thanks....
You can take this route From Delhi - DME till Hapur bypass - Meerut - Muzaffarnagar-Roorkee-Haridwar-Rishikesh
 

mayank_811

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Update:

Went to Rishikesh last week and here are the route updates:

Delhi to Rishikesh:
If you cross Modinagar BEFORE 6.30 AM, take old NH 58 else mega jams will b there. Onwards Roorkee.... from about KAnkhal till Rishikesh, almost whole highway is under construction so the route is a real pain ATM. Took 2+ hours to cover Kankhal-Rishikesh.
Total time : 6.5 hrs

Coming back..
Decided to avoid NH 58 completely. We took the following route:

Rishikesh- Pithuwala : Good road..passes thru Rajaji NP.
Pithuwala- Saharanpur bypass : 90% awesome
Saharanpur bypass- Mzfrngr thru SH 59 : 100% awesome
Mzfrngr to Meerut thru old NH 58 ... Took NH 334 towards Hapur instead of bypass.
NH 334 Meerut Cantt to Hapur bypass (Meerut- Bulandshr Xway) & then NH 9 to Delhi - 100% Awesome.

Longer route..ofcourse but took us 6 hours..without breaking back & No jams at all. You'll enjoy driving this route.

Thx
 
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