Infra is key priority of Govt: PM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 May 2018 08:18:43


By Namita Tewari,


Modi dedicates 135 km Eastern Peripheral Expressway to the nation which is built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore in just 500 days

ASSERTING that infrastructure is a key priority of his Government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said Rs 3 lakh crore has been spent on laying a network of 28,000 km of highways. Highways, railways, airways and I-ways have been the focus of the Government he said.

Highways construction has reached 27 km a day from mere 12 km a day during the Congress regime, while last year 10 crore people undertook air journeys, he said. Modi was addressing a public rally here after dedicating the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) to the nation. The 135 km EPE has been built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore in 500 days.

He said that apart from Rs 5 lakh crore provision for Bharatmala for highways, a provision of Rs 14 lakh crore was made in the Budget to strengthen agriculture related infrastructure. The Government is sensitive to the plight of sugarcane farmers and adequate steps are taken to provide proper prices for their crop, he said.

While talking about social justice, Modi said his Government is committed to the protection of Dalits and has constituted special courts for fast-track hearing of cases of atrocities.
Lauding Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, he said criminals in UP are now surrendering themselves and pledging not to indulge in illegal acts. About the Ganga cleaning programme, Modi said more than 200 projects worth Rs 21,000 crore for have been taken up. Taking a jibe at Congress, Modi said it had betrayed people for 70 years and played politics to create a crisis of confidence whether related to EVMs or other critical issues. Modi launched a scathing attack on Opposition Congress for spreading “lies and rumours” on issues ranging from dilution of anti-Dalit atrocities law to farmer issues, saying people who are used to worshipping a family have started opposing the country in their zeal to oppose Modi.

Speaking at a public rally after inaugurating the Rs 11,000-crore Eastern Peripheral Expressway, he said the Congress was “openly” spreading lies for its narrow political gains. “People who are used to worshipping one family cannot worship democracy,” he said.

After losing elections, they are rattled. “Modi ke virodh mein desh ka virodh karne lagenge, aisa mujhe nahi laga tha (I had not thought that in opposing Modi, they would start opposing the country),” he said. At the rally, which came a day before by-elections in neighbouring Kairana Lok Sabha constituency, he asked citizens to see who are the people on either side.

“On that side are the people for whom their family is the country. For me, my country is my family,” he said.
Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said, the expressway will reduce 27 per cent pollution and ease 41 per cent traffic jam.

He said the highway was built in a record 500 days against 910 days time. Gadkari also announced that Delhi-Saharanpur Highway will be built on EPE pattern and foundation stone of the Rs 7,000 crore Dwarka Expressway will be launched soon by the Prime Minister. Besides, he announced the Rs 45,000 crore Delhi-Mumbai project via Jaipur and Vadodara on a new alignment, which will save Rs 16,000 crore on land acquisition. EPE is India’s first highway to be lit by solar power besides provisions of rain water harvesting every 500 metre on both sides. It also showcases 36 national monuments and 40 fountains.

There are 8 solar power plants on this expressway having a capacity of 4000-kilo watt (4 MW). The state-of-the-art road has auto challan system for over-speeding, as cameras will capture speed of vehicles besides having provisions of tolling only for the distance travelled. The expressway has an iconic toll plaza at the entry point on Kundli side besides digital art gallery.

It is also equipped with smart and intelligent highway traffic management system (HTMS) and video incident detection system (VIDS) and is environment-friendly with world-class safety features and smart/ interactive infrastructure.
The foundation stone of the greenfield project was laid by Modi on November 5, 2015.

About 2.5 lakh trees have been planted alongside the expressways including transplant of 8-10 year old trees with drip irrigation system for plantation. It has consumed 11 lakh tonne of cement, 1 lakh tonne of steel, 3.6 crore cum earthwork and 1.2 crore cum fly-ash. Gadkari has said earlier that the project has generated employment opportunities of about 50 lakh man-days and 9,375 manpower was deployed here.

The fully access controlled six-lane expressway provides entry and exit designated interchanges only. It has 406 structures of which 4 are major bridges, 46 minor bridges, 3 flyovers, 7 inter-changes, 221 underpasses and 8 ROBs.
The project had earlier faced resistance from farmers over land and other issues which have since been solved by giving higher compensation.

The Eastern and the Western Peripheral Expressways were planned in 2006 following the apex court’s order to build a ring road outside the national capital for channelling the traffic not bound for Delhi.
Modi inaugurates first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway:
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi travelled in an open jeep on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway after inaugurating its first phase here on Sunday.

The first phase of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway cost Rs 842 crore on building the 9-km stretch of the 14-lane highway. The total cost of the project on completion would be Rs 7,500 crore.
Once the entire project is complete, it will take 60 minutes to travel from Delhi to Meerut.

The Prime Minister’s road show commenced from the Nizamuddin Bridge, the start of the about 9 km first leg of the expressway. The total length of the project is 82 km, of which the first 27.74 kms will have 14 lanes, while the rest will be a six-lane expressway.