The construction of the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) or National Expressway 2 is likely to be kick started today. The construction work is commencing after a delay of more than a year, following the Supreme Court’s direction to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to speed up its execution.
The project faced several deadlocks in the past when the farmers residing in the area refused to give away their lands. The objection came from farmers when they were provided a compensation of Rs 850 per sq m. Later the Supreme Court intervened and enhanced the compensation to Rs 3500 per sq mtr.
After several rounds of talks and granting revised compensation rates to residents of the area, the contractors appointed by NHAI shall begin their work today. Earlier, the first phase of KMP Expressway, which bypasses Delhi on the western side, was opened for public last month.
EPE will be the country’s first and the smartest highway stretch developed with most advanced intelligent traffic systems. The highway bypassing Delhi on eastern side will enable the capital city to have excellent connectivity to the towns of Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Greater Noida and Sonipat.
The 135 km long EPE will be constructed in two sections, namely Faridabad-Ghaziabad stretch and Ghaziabad-Sonipat section. The six-laned corridor will have Variable Message Display System (VMS) to guide drivers about the road conditions and traffic jams.
The EPE will merge with Yamuna Expressway near the Delhi- Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). The corridor will also link NH-91 near Beel Akbarpur. Cities like Noida, Greater Noida, Dadri and locations in Ghaziabad like GT Road, Dholana and Hapur will decongest once the EPE starts operating.