PM Modi rode in an open car on Delhi-Meerut expressway.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated two newly-built expressways - phase 1 of Delhi-Meerut Expressway and the Rs 11,000 crore Eastern Peripheral Expressway, India's first smart and green highway. PM Modi, after inaugurating the 14-lane Delhi-Meerut Expressway spanning Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to UP Gate, rode in an open car, waving at crowds gathered on either sides of the highway. Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari too rode in a separate open car alongside PM Modi. The Delhi-Meerut Expressway, stretching from Nizammudin Bridge to Delhi-UP border, has been completed in a record time of 18 months. The 135-km-long Eastern Peripheral Expressway or EPE, that was dedicated by prime minister in Baghpat in UP, has been built in a record time of 17 months. Its foundation stone was laid by PM Modi in November 2015. The expressway is expected to bring down the pollution level in the national capital by 27 percent.
Here are the highlights of the event :
"In western UP, you can see transformation under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Criminals are surrendering, vowing not to commit crime. I congratulate (Haryana chief Minister) Manohar Lal Khattar and Yogi Adityanath for their efforts in eliminating crime in their states," says PM Modi.
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- Congress's UPA government could connect only 59 panchayats with optical fiber. We have connected over 1 lakh villages in our 4 years.
- The country can see our work.
- Under Make in India, domestic production has gotten a boost.
- Two factories manufactured mobile phones before. In the last 2 years, 120 companies have began manufacturing cellphones.
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"Delhi-Meerut Expressway will reduce travel time by 40 mins"
- This project has been completed in 18 months
- People of Patparganj-Mayur Vihar-Ghaziabad-Noida-Vaishali will know this better
- Now we will provide the 2nd phase too
- After its completion, distance from Delhi to Meerut will be only 40-45 mins
"Our government focused on infrastructure development"
- Our govt has focused the most on infrastructure development be it highways, railways, airways etc
- 27-km highways being built everyday as compared to 12-km previously
- 35,000 km highway is being built
- Not only highways but railways have also seen massive improvement
"More people are travelling by air than in AC trains"
- To make airways cheaper, ''udan yojna'' is being worked upon
- Number of people travelling in airplane was more than number of people travelling in AC trains
- People wearing hawai chappals (slippers) are also commuting in airplanes now
- The Expressway has been completed in 510 days. We have made cycle track as well on both sides of the road
- By next March, Eastern Peripheral Expressway will be completed and you will be able to travel to Delhi from Meerut only in 40 mins
- The Supreme Court was monitoring the project. We paid Rs 6,000 cr for land acquisition to farmers
Nitin Gadkari is addressing a public rally in Bagpath, UP
UP Governor Ram Naik, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Haryana CM ML Khattar also present at the event.
PM Modi dedicates Eastern Peripheral Expressway to the nation from Uttar Pradesh's Bagpat. To address a public rally shortly
The Delhi-Meerut Expressway will have dedicated bicycle tracks on the nearly 28-km stretch between Delhi and Dasna. The expressway will cut travel time between Delhi and Meerut to 45 minutes from two-and-half hour now. The total length of the project is 82 km, of which the first 27.74 kms will be 14-laned, while the rest will be 6-lane expressway.
The expressway will do away with 31 traffic signals on the Delhi-Meerut road, the busiest highway in the region, and make it signal free.
The PM, along with union minister Nitin Gadkari, travelled in an open jeep on the 14-lane Delhi-Meerut Expressway, which is being built at a cost of over Rs. 7,500 crore.
Delhi-Meerut expressway will reduce the travel time between the two cities to 45 minutes.
PM Narendra Modi To Inaugurate Delhi-Meerut, Eastern Peripheral Expressway Today: 10 Facts
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate two newly built expressways today - the first phase of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway and the Eastern Peripheral Expressway. PM Modi will first travel in an open jeep on the 14-lane Delhi-Meerut Expressway, being built at a cost of over Rs 7,500 crore, and which promises to cut down travel time between the two cities to 40 minutes from the current near two-and-a-half hours. The PM, after holding a roadshow here, will fly in a chopper to Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, where he will open the Rs 11,000-crore Eastern Peripheral Expressway, which is India's first smart and green highway."
Here's PM Modi's schedule
PM Modi is expected to reach Nizamuddin Mod (near IP millennium Park) at 10 am
- PM will inaugurate the first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway
-PM will begin his roadshow till Ghazipur.
- From there, PM Modi will take a U-turn to CWG Games Village Helipad near Akshardham.
-PM will then board a helicopter to Kundli in Sonepat
- PM is expected to land at Kundli around 11 am. Here, he will be received by Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar.
-PM will review the digital gallery and 3D Model on the making of EPE
-PM along with Mr Khattar will reach Baghpat by road.
- PM to reach Baghpat rally ground around 12 noon and inaugurate EPE and address a public rally.
- PM to leave Baghpat around 1:05 pm and reach Kundli Helipad around 1:15 pm.
The Eastern Peripheral Expressway is India's first highway to be lit by solar power and has provisions of rain water harvesting on every 500 metres on both sides and would showcase 36 national monuments and 40 fountains, Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said, adding it has been completed in a record 500 days.
Built at a cost of Rs. 11,000 crore, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway has several unique features to its name. It is India's first highway to be lit by solar power besides provisions of rain water harvesting on every 500 metres on both sides.
Prime Minister will travel in an open jeep on Delhi Meerut Expressway for 6 km .
The Prime Minister's road show will commence from the Nizamuddin Bridge, the start of the about 9 km first leg of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, and after a 6-km travel on the stretch, he is scheduled to fly to Baghpat for dedicating the Eastern Peripheral Expressway to the nation.