Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Eastern Peripheral Expressway, which is being dubbed as India’s first smart and green 6-lane highway.
It is said that it is expected to vastly decongest Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) and connect crucial areas of Palwal, Gautam Budh Nagar, Faridabad and Ghaziabad.
Sources informed that this eco-friendly highway that has been made in record time of 500 days as against a target of 910 days.
The expressway, which is also known as KGP expressway (Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal), will provide signal-free connectivity between Palwal, Gautam Budh Nagar, Faridabad and Ghaziabad.
The 135-km Eastern Peripheral Expressway is part of the bigger Peripheral Expressway Project that comprises two highways – EPE and Western Peripheral Expressway.
The Eastern Peripheral Expressway will help divert around 2 lakh vehicles passing through the national capital to this bypass.
The expressway has been provided with smart as well as intelligent highway traffic management system. It has also been provided with other facilities such as video incident detection system, over speed checking system, pavement management systems, weigh-in-motion, warning devices, fibre optic network etc.
The entire expressway has 100% solar power for lighting – with the capacity of 4000-kilowatt (4 MW). The expressway has been provided with 8 solar power plants.>