For those currently struggling in interminable traffic jams between the national capital and industrial centre Meerut, there is some good news in the offing. The centre in January approved a road-widening project for the NH 24 (the Delhi-Meerut Expressway), with work set to finish in 30 months’ time. The Rs.7,500-crore project will give those living along the NH 58 — currently the major motorable route between these two cities — a break from congestion and will hopefully boost flat sales in the vicinity of the NH 24. The final 87-km route shall feature a six-lane expressway and eight-lane highway, in addition to service roads, cycle tracks, flyovers, overbridges and underpasses. Although the land acquisition for the project — it needs nearly 350 hectare — is almost through, there is concern about the chaos that will be caused till construction work is complete. Then again, infrastructure development in India has pretty much always been a zero-sum game.
A tale of two cities
After a six-year-long delay work will finally begin on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway ensuring a amooth ride along NH24
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