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Thursday, July 25, 2024

DND-to-Mumbai Expressway Stretch Set to Open by December

Commuters from Delhi, Noida, and Ghaziabad will soon have an alternative route to reach Agra and the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that the entire 59 km stretch, from DND Flyway (near Maharani Bagh) to Delhi-Mumbai Expressway (at Sohna), will be opened for traffic by the end of this year. Gadkari conducted a physical inspection of the 33 km stretch between DND Flyway and Ballabhgarh Bypass, highlighting the project’s progress.

The 26-km road from Ballabhgarh to Sohna on Delhi-Mumbai Expressway was already opened for traffic in March 2023. The three packages of this project, with a total investment of Rs 7,000 crore, including land value and civil construction, aim to provide direct connectivity to the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway.

The completion of this link is expected to decongest Mathura Road, currently the main route for vehicles heading towards Faridabad, Palwal, Agra, and beyond. Commuters will also benefit from reduced travel time to Palwal, reaching in just 25-30 minutes from DND Flyway. Additionally, the completed link will enable non-stop travel from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to Mumbai through the Delhi-Dehradun and Delhi-Meerut expressways, set to be fully operational in 2025.

Gadkari emphasized the importance of road development in Delhi to improve traffic flow and reduce air pollution. He mentioned the completion of projects worth Rs 30,000 crore and the upcoming completion of projects with an investment of Rs 35,000 crore in 2024-25. The minister also discussed other major projects, stating that 85% of the work is complete for Urban Extension Road-II (UER-II), and the Dwarka Expressway project is nearing completion. He expressed hope for the Prime Minister to inaugurate the completed packages of UER-II and Dwarka Expressway in the next 10-12 days.

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