Commuters take a sigh of relief with Dwarka Expressway being operational in 2023
Dwarka Expressway, also known as the Northern Peripheral Road, will be operational in 2023 to ease traffic congestion on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway as per Union minister Nitin Gadkari. Dwarka Expressway will be the first ever elevated urban expressway in India. With this expressway in function, pressure on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway will be reduced. Arterial roads that experience heavy traffic, primarily from the commuters of west Delhi will also get less congested. Delhi-Gurugram Expressway is a part of Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai arm of Golden Quadrilateral. The road transport and highways minister said 50-60 per cent traffic on National Highway-8 will be diverted onto the new expressway, thereby improving traffic movement towards Sohna Road and Golf Course Road. Once operational in 2023, it shall immensely help reduce air pollution in Delhi-NCR as well, he added.
He also added that the expressway is a 16-lane access-controlled highway with provision of minimum 3-lane service road on both sides. This 29km expressway connects Dwarka in Delhi to Gurugram in Haryana and is being developed at a total cost of Rs 9,000 crore. About 19km of the expressway stretch falls in Haryana while the remaining 10km is in Delhi. This ongoing project of Dwarka Expressway will have 4 multi-level interchanges at major junctions including construction of longest (3.6km) and widest (8 lane) urban road tunnel in India. The expressway begins from Shiv-Murti on NH-8 (Delhi-Gurugram Expressway) and ends near Kherki Daula Toll Plaza, through Dwarka Sector 21, Gurugram border and Basai.