Graphically Speaking

Capital stretch

Previewing the much-awaited Yamuna Expressway

Vishal Koul

The 165-km Yamuna Expressway connecting Delhi to Agra will be open for traffic later this month. The six-lane expressway, which is expected to reduce congestion on NH-2, will cut down travel time to two hours from four. The ₹11,000 crore expressway will have 70 underpasses, 41 minor bridges, 76 cart tracks, 183 culverts, 13 service roads and three toll plazas. An estimated 1.2 lakh daily commuters, heading towards Agra and beyond, stand to benefit from the elevated corridor built by Jaypee Infratech. Though the UP authorities are yet to approve the toll rates, reports indicate the developer is looking to charge ₹2.2 per km for cars and between ₹11 and ₹14 per km for heavy vehicles. It was in 2001 that the project was commissioned but construction did not begin until 2007, following a spate of controversies. Interestingly, the bridge was supposed to be inaugurated by Mayawati, but following her rout in the recent UP elections it is likely that someone from the Akhilesh Yadav regime will do the honours.