On the lines of the KMP Expressway, another expressway of a similar length is set to take off to the East of Delhi, which will transform realty sector in NCR towns of Uttar Pradesh
On the lines of the KMP Expressway, another expressway of a similar length (135km), the Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal expressway KGP Expressway, is set to take off to the East of Delhi, and form the other half of the ring around the national capital. This, too, will also prove a catalyst in both residential and commercial development along the 135-km corridor, majorly in Uttar Pradesh. Though the project is yet to take off, sources in the road, transport and highways say that major developers have bought properties close to the alignment.
The expressway link, also called the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), will provide signal-free connectivity between Ghaziabad and Faridabad, and Noida and Palwal. The road network touches certain portions of Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
The project involves construction of a six-lane expressway with access control highway connecting Faridabad-Noida-Ghaziabad-Sonipat, which will also act as a bypass to Delhi, with a concession period of 20 years.
The project takes off from NH-1 in Kundli (Haryana), crosses Yamuna near Mawikalan, Hindon river near
Sharfabad, NH-58 near Duhai, NH-24 near Dasna, NH-91 near Beelakbarpur, Kasna-Sikandrabad road near Sirsa, re-crosses Yamuna near Fajjupur Khadar, Atali-Chinsa near Maujpur and meets NH-2 beyond Palwal. It will pass through five districts Sonipat, Faridabad in Haryana, and Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials said the speed limit for this green field project would be 120 kmph, and hence will provide highspeed connectivity to existing and new residential sectors.
This road will have two sections 56km-long Faridabad-Noida-Ghaziabad (FNG) expressway section and 49km-long Ghaziabad-Kundli expressway section. Improving connectivity among cities outside the capital will not just decongest Delhi roads, this will also push growth and development beyond the national capital. By the time the proposed expressway comes up and connects farflung NCR towns, it will bring areas across the region close, said an urban planner associated with NCR Planning Board (NCRPB).
He added that though presently, land around this greenfield expressway is either lying vacant or is largely agricultural, their land use would be changed too after the completion of the stretch. Since the project is yet to take off, the development has not yet started. Now, with the seriousness of Centre to award the project soon, both residential and commercial development will start, a major real estate developer said.
11 more expressways across NCR
The NCR Planning Board (NCRPB) has prepared a road map for bypassing traffic bottlenecks and provide fast connectivity between Delhi and existing NCR cities, which are rapidly growing. The plan proposes construction of 11 new expressways and two orbital railway corridors connecting major towns around the national capital.
The plan projects five urban clusters in NCR Gurgaon-Manesar, Faridabad-Ballabgarh, Meerut, Ghaziabad and Noida-Greater Noida-Kasna will become mega-cities by 2032. NCRs population is expected to reach 862 lakh by 2031 from 371 lakh in 2001. This would lead to intra-regional transportation trips shooting up by almost 400%. In a ripple effect, intra-city trips would also increase significantly causing major congestion on roads across the region.
The report has recommended construction of separate expressways connecting Delhi with Panipat, Rewari, Rohtak, Palwal, Meerut and Baghpat. It has also proposed a
Ghaziabad-Hapur link. Apart from these, work is already in progress on the Western Peripheral Expressway (Kundli-Manesar-Palwal), Yamuna Expressway (Greater Noida-Agra) and Ganga Expressway (Greater Noida-Balia).
The report has also recommended the laying of two orbital railway corridors outer and inner. The outer corridor will cover approximately 300km and connect Panipat, Rohtak, Rewari, Palwal, Khurja, Hapur as well as Meerut. The inner corridor will link Sonipat, Sampla, Jhajjar, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Dadri. Experts are of the view that if work on these expresslinks does not begin in the near future, there will be hardly any land available for such projects in the future.