Delhi Meerut Expressway
Fast tracking the Delhi-Meerut Expressway project, the Union Transport Ministry has decided to build the mega project starting from Nizamuddin Bridge on Ring Road at an investment of Rs. 6,450cr. The project in question is being monitored by the PMO and has been chosen to award work in the current financial year. Once complete, commuters will be able to reach Meerut in 45 to 60 minutes and cut travel time to Haridwar and Dehradun by almost an hour. The present stretch of NH-24 up to UP Gate will be widened to 14 lanes from the present eight, the road between UP Gate and Dasna will be eight-laned. The next phase of the expressway will be built on a new alignment from Dasna to Meerut - a six-lane stretch joining Meerut bypass.

It may be recalled that the expressway has been planned to improve connectivity between Delhi and Meerut, the six central lanes on the Delhi-UP Gate stretch will be barricaded exclusively for traffic heading towards Meerut. The official said local traffic would use the remaining eight lanes without having to pay toll as those entering the expressway lanes will be tolled even if they get out at UP Gate or Dasna. The proposal of the project, which is being built on a build-operate-transfer (toll) mode, starts from Nizamuddin Bridge will tap the huge traffic flow from Delhi to make the project financially viable. The 28km stretch between Nizamuddin Bridge and Dasna is one of the most congested in the NCR. The traffic flow is likely to increase considering dozens of new residential projects coming up along this stretch of NH-24. NH-58 connecting Anand Vihar with Meerut is very congested and there is almost no scope of further expansion since the road passes through built-up areas in Muradnagar and Modi Nagar, as such, the proposed expressway is expected to come as a big relief for those going towards Haridwar and Dehradun, said official sources.