Eastern Peripheral Expressway set to claim many firsts
The Eastern Peripheral Expressway is all set to be completed in a record time of 500 days as against a sanctioned target of 910 days, NHAI officials said. The Expressway is expected to provide major relief to Delhi from vehicular pollution.
According to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) Chief General Engineer B.S. Singla, the 135-km Expressway will boast of many firsts including a closed tolling system in which toll will be collected only on the distance travelled and not on the entire length.
There will also be provision for electronic collection of toll to ensure disruption-free movement of traffic.
He further said, apart from that, they have also installed weigh-in motion sensors on all entry points which will ensure that over-loaded vehicles are not allowed to enter the Expressway.
Normally, weigh-in motion sensors are installed -- if at all they are -- at toll plazas when it is not possible to send the vehicles back. But here, the sensors are installed at all entry points with two gates -- one leading to the Expressway and the other redirecting the vehicle if it is over-loaded.
He further added that they have also made provision for parking of overloaded trucks where they can unload some of the cargo to satisfy the weight criteria and then move to the Expressway. This is the first experiment of this kind.
To check speeding, cameras have been put up every two kilometers.
Over-speeding vehicles will be issued the challan at the toll plaza and the challan amount would be added to the total toll amount. This will be a great deterrent to over-speeding.
While some work is still to be completed on the expressway which connects Palwal with Kundli bypassing Delhi, the Expressway is expected to be inaugurated on schedule time.
NHAI Member (Public Private Partnership) Neeraj Verma said the Expressway will reduce vehicular pollution in Delhi-NCR by around 27 to 28 per cent according to a study.
Also, they have made it a green highway with solar panels installed at various locations which will provide power to illuminate the underpasses below the Expressway.
He added that there are eight solar power plants along the Expressway having a capacity of 4,000 kilowatt. These plants will supply power to the grid and the amenities on the Expressway will take power from the same grid. This will enable the power that is consumed have zero operating cost.
He added that 33 per cent of the earth work on the highway was done using fly ash from coal power plants thereby compounding its contribution to reducing pollution.
The 135-km six-lane access-controlled Expressway is built at a cost of around Rs 11,000 crore and will help decongest the national capital.