Expected to be operational by next year
New Delhi, July 11 (Delhi Crown): The 29-kilometre long Dwarka Expressway, connecting Dwarka in Delhi with Gurugram in Haryana, will consume 2 lakh million tonnes of steel (30 times of steel used in Eiffel Tower), and 20 lakh cubic meters of concrete (6 times of concrete used in Burj Khalifa) for its construction, said the country’s Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday (July 11).
The Expressway will also have the longest (3.6 km) and widest (8 lane) urban road tunnel in the country, and will also provide an alternate connectivity to the IGI Airport through a shallow tunnel.
To be ready and operational by 2023, it will be the first elevated urban Expressway in India, that would help in decongesting traffic on major roads that pass through Gurugram, including the Sohna Road and the Golf Course Road.
Gadkari said that the Dwarka Expressway will also reduce pressure on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway (part of the Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai arm of Golden Quadrilateral) and arterial roads that experience severe traffic congestion, primarily from the commuters of West Delhi.
He said 50%-60% traffic on NH-8 will be diverted onto the new expressway, thereby improving traffic movement towards Sohna Road, Golf Course Road and air extension. Once operational in 2023, it shall immensely help reducing the air pollution in Delhi-NCR as well, he added.
The minister also said it was a 16-lane access-controlled highway with a provision of minimum 3-lane service road on both sides.
Being developed at a total cost of Rs 9,000 crore, the Dwarka Expressway will have a total length of 29 km, out of which 19 km length falls in Haryana while the remaining 10 km of length is in Delhi.
According to Gadkari, the Dwarka Expressway would have four multi-level interchanges (tunnel/underpasses, at-Grade Road, Elevated Flyover & Flyover above Flyover) at major junctions, including construction of longest (3.6 km) and widest (8 lane) urban road tunnel in India.
The Expressway begins from the Shiv-Murti on NH-8 (Delhi-Gurugram Expressway) and ends near Kherki Daula Toll Plaza, through Dwarka’s Sector 21, Gurugram Border and Basai.
It will also have a massive feat of transplantation with 12,000 trees.