In order to provide a major relief to Delhi residents from vehicular pollution, India’s first smart and green highway, the “Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE)” is all set to open for public on April 29. The ambitious e-way which is constructed in a record time of 500 days will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi.
According to NHAI Chief General Engineer B.S. Singla, the 135-km Expressway is equipped with smart and intelligent highway traffic management system (HTMS), video incident detection system (VIDS) and electronic toll collection system for faster toll collection. The six-lane e-way has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 11,000 crore.
He further said that as per the latest study the Expressway will reduce vehicular pollution in Delhi-NCR by around 27 to 28 percent. Weigh-in-motion sensors have also been installed all entry points to ensure that no over-loaded vehicles enter the Expressway. Singla said, “We have also made provision for parking of overloaded trucks where they can unload some of the cargo to satisfy the weight criteria and then move to the Expressway. This is the first experiment of this kind.”
In order to avoid over-speeding, cameras have been installed at every two kilometers. The challan amount will be deducted from the toll amount only. Apart from this, the expressway is also installed with solar lightings, world-class architectural and design elements, beautiful vertical gardens, 28 water fountains and more than three dozen monumental replicas of Ashoka lion, Konark temple, Jalianwala Bagh, Gateway of India, Char Minar, Hawa Mahal and Gujarat carvings.
Many wayside amenities are also developed on this expressway which includes petrol pumps, motels, rest areas, washrooms, restaurants, shops, repair services etc. to cater to the needs of those who will travel on the expressway.
The EPE will enhance connectivity between Sonipat, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar (Greater Noida), Faridabad and Palwal. Thus one can now avoid passing through Delhi in order to reach these cities. At the same time, it will also help in decongesting the national capital.