Dozen new expressways to be constructed in coming year: Gadkari

Bagpat (Uttar Pradesh): Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari today sated that minimum of a dozen new expressways would be constructed in the coming year to connect various states in the country, of which three will be started in 2017, it was announced here Friday.

“Eastern Peripheral Highway is just the beginning. We will make 12 such express highways. Three of such highways will be started in 2017 itself,” the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said.

Gadkari, who was here to review the ongoing construction of 135 km long Eastern Peripheral Highway, said: “This is the country’s first access control highway from both sides of the road. We are trying to make under passes through such roads and avoid any hindrance.”

The Eastern Peripheral Expressway is expected to be thrown open by August 2017 and the two roads will divert around 2 lakh vehicles passing through the national capital to reduce Delhi’s traffic congestion by 50 per cent beside reducing the air pollution.