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GHAZIABAD: The Delhi-Dehradun Expressway’s first phase, a 31-km-long corridor connecting Akshardham and Baghpat through Loni, is expected to be completed by December this year and curtain the transit time to just 20 minutes.

Currently, it takes two hours to cover the distance because of heavy traffic congestion on the stretch.

The National Highways Authority of India  officials said the work on the stretch is being undertaken in two packages – from Akshardham in Delhi to the UP border near Loni in Ghaziabad, and UP Gate to Khekra near the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in Baghpat.

According to NHAI officials, about 50% work between Akshardham and DLF Ankur Vihar  has been completed, while 39% of the work between UP Gate and Khekra was done.

“Majority of the portion of Delhi-Dehradun Expressway from UP Border near Loni, which is a 14.75-km-long stretch, and from UP Gate to Khekra (near the Eastern Peripheral

Expressway, Baghpat), about 16.45-km-long, is an elevated platform. It means that commuters will have seamless connectivity between the two points and save on fuel and time,” NHAI project director Arvind Kumar said, adding the transit was expected to take just 20 minutes.

The NHAI  target was to complete the work on the two packages by December, Kumar said. “There are certain issues which are coming in the way of work and might delay it. But even in the worst case scenario, the two packages will be ready by March 2024,” he told TOI.

The stumbling blocks confronting the NHAI include the shifting of two 400 kV lines one each on Dadri Mandola road and Meerut Mandola Road—as farmers are demanding higher compensation for shifting the lines. The NHAI is also waiting for the CRPF to transfer 500 sqm of land in Delhi’s Biharipur area. “We are in talks with the departments concerned and hope that the two impediments will be resolved soon,” Kumar said. 

The Rs 13,000-crore Delhi-Dehradun Expressway project, which will be a six- to 12-lane access-controlled corridor, seeks to  provide seamless connectivity to six western UP districts from Delhi via Ghaziabad to Dehradun. Once ready, the expressway will cut travel time to Dehradun from the current five hours to barely 2.5 hours.

The construction of the 210-km-long expressway was approved in 2020 under Bharatmala Pariyojna Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor and its detailed project report (DPR) was prepared in 2019 click here.