Delhi-to- Meerut now in 45 mins with the new DME ‘Smart’ Highway | News Bulletin | Surfaces Reporter

Delhi- Meerut Expressway (DME)

Forget about traffic woes and time wasted as now you can reach Delhi to Meerut in a mere 45 mins with the opening of much-awaited Delhi- Meerut Expressway (DME) also being pegged as Smart Highway. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

The Delhi Meerut Expressway Package -II comprises of six Lane Expressway and eight Lane NH- from Delhi/UP Gate to Dasna and Package IV (6 Lane Expressway from Dasna to Meerut via Greenfield) are completed and opened for public recently which will shorten the travel time from Meerut to Delhi to 45 mins. The first phase of the 8,346-crore 9-km stretch of 14-lane highway was inaugurated by PM Narendra Mogi in May 2018. The project aims to decongest Delhi-NCR while reducing the traffic jams and rising pollution levels also encourage the high-speed traffic.

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"Delhi Meerut Expressway has now been completed and opened to traffic. We have fulfilled our promise of reducing travel time between Delhi - Meerut from 2.5 hours to 45 minutes," Road Transport, Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said after the smart highway was opened for people.

"The total length of the project is 82 Km which includes 60 km length of Expressway and 22 Km length of National highways. A total of 24 Minor and Major bridges, 10 flyovers, 3 ROBs, 95 Underpasses, 15 Subways and 12 Foot Over Bridges have been constructed in this project," Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in a statement said.

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Ensuring Safety for the commuters

The project has been built in four segments - Nizamuddin Bridge to UP Border, UP Border to Dasna, Dasna to Hapur and Hapur to Meerut. Also, cameras have been installed all along the highway to ensure road safety and traffic rules obligation. Also, for the safety of cycle riders and walkers, a 2.5 meter cycle corridor and 2 meter wide footpath have been constructed. This expressway is being developed as a Smart Expressway in which road users will not only get the full information on climate, traffic and other related details of the expressway but also get the information of accidents (if any) at different locations.

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Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cum FASTag based Multi Lane Free Flow Tolling System has been introduced for the first time in this project for collection of user fees which will be deducted without any stoppage of traffic and ensure for the free flow of high speed traffic, the statement said.

A special Emergency Call Box (ECB) provision has been made for timely approach at the time of emergency for the road users.

Keeping in mind the comfortable journey for the road users, facilities of an ambulance, crane, petrol pump, restaurants, maintenance of vehicles shops etc. have been developed in Village Didwari under the stretch of DME Package-IV, the statement said.

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