One of the most important projects of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), that is also billed as a priority project of the Prime Minister—the Delhi Meerut Expressway or DME is scheduled to be fully completed by May 31, 2020 reveals an RTI query.
The 82-km-long DME is divided into four parts out of which the Delhi part comprising Nizammudin to UP Gate (Ghaziabad) section has been completed way back in June 28 incurring a total cost of Rs 841.5 crores. This section is a 14-lane corridor out of which 6 lanes are part of the DME while 8 lanes form part of NH 24.
The second phase of the project costing Rs 1,989 crores, starting from UP Border in Ghaziabad to Dasna is of about 20 kms and is slated to be completed by May 3, 2020, as per the RTI. This section is 62% complete on date of RTI reply.
The third corridor costing around 1,057.60 crores is between Dasna and Hapur Bypass (about 22 kms) and has been completed on September 13, 2019. The NHAI has described it as a 6 lane National Highway with 2 plus 2 service lane.
The fourth portion of the DME, namely the Greenfield DME from Dasna to Meerut will cost Rs 1,087.07 crores and is about 32-km-long. This corridor is likely to be completed by May 31, 2020. The corridor was earlier slated to be completed by August 20, 2019 however due to delay in acquiring land of 4 villages namely Dasna, Rasulpur-Sikrod, Nahal and Kushaliya due to a pending corruption inquiry against erstwhile Ghaziabad district officials, this corridor has been delayed but now thigs are looking up after the state has intervened.
This shall be a 6-lane expressway and work has been completed up to 58% on date of the RTI reply.
The RTI reply by RP Singh, Project Director, NHAI also states that environmental clearance has been granted to the DME.
-By Prasoon Pant