New Delhi-Dehradun Expressway To Cut Travel Time In Half, Partial Opening By June

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New Expressway to Slash Delhi-Dehradun Travel Time in Half. (Photo: Magicbricks)

This expressway, with a hefty price tag of around Rs 8,300 crore, is designed for a speed limit of 100 km/hour for light vehicles.

The Delhi-Dehradun expressway is set to open partially. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) predicts the first phase of this 210-kilometer-long highway will be up and running by the end of June.

This greenfield access-controlled Expressway will link Akshardham Temple in Delhi to Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, covering a distance of around 32 kms in its initial phase, as reported by HT Auto.

Originally slated for completion by March, the project faced delays due to pollution-related restrictions in Delhi. However, with almost 90-95 percent of Phase 1 complete, including carriageways and infrastructure, NHAI is gearing up for the opening.

Once fully operational, the Delhi-Dehradun Expressway is expected to halve the current five-hour commute between the cities, bringing it down to just about two and a half hours. The expressway, constructed at a cost of around Rs 8,300 crore, is designed for a speed limit of 100 kmph for light vehicles.

Phase 1 of this project comprises two sections, covering a distance of 31.65 kilometers from Akshardham to Baghpat. This stretch includes an 18-kilometer elevated section starting from Geeta Colony in Delhi and ending at Mavi village in Uttar Pradesh.

According to NHAI officials, Phase 1 is almost complete, with just final touches like signage and infrastructure left to be done. They’re confident it’ll be good to go by the end of June.

Furthermore, the expressway will also boast Asia’s largest wildlife elevated corridor spanning 12 kilometers, allowing unrestricted movement for wildlife. This corridor will even include a 340-meter long Daat Kali tunnel.

While most of the highway is nearing completion, the final 20-kilometer stretch near Dehradun is still a work in progress.

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