The Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal (KGP) expressway, popularly known as the Eastern Peripheral Expressway will be inaugarated by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 27 th May 2018, Sunday. This is a Greenfield Project. Once inaugarated this expressway will help to divert traffic from the nation’s capital and cut down pollution. District Sports stadium of Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh will be the venue for the inaugaration ceremony, as announced by the Haryana Government.
The expressway is 135 kms long and has 6 lanes. The task was completed in 500 days, which is 400 days less than the estimated time of completion. The entire project cost was Rs. 5763 crores. 5 th November, 2015 , PM Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of this project. The NHAI (National Highway Authority of India) had informed the Supreme Court about the delay in inaugaration, which was to happen on 31st April originally. However, the Supreme Court has ordered that even if the expressway isn’t inaugarated by the end of May, they would open it for public use in order to meet the high traffic problems. The construction of the highway required 1 lakh tonne of steel and 5 lakhs tonnes of cement. Video incident detection system is fitted along the stretch of the expressway, which is powered by 8 solar power plants with nearly 4000kW capacity. Electronic toll collection systems have made its way to the EPE toll plazas, which will charge the travellers according to distance and not for the entire 135 kms.
On both sides of the expressway there are 2.5 metres wide cycle tracks and 1.5 meters wide pavement. 2.5 lakh trees and 28 fountains have been used for the beautification in this project. There are also replicas of important monuments such as AshokChakra, Gateway of India, Qutab Minar, Konark Temple, Jaliyanwala Bagh, Char Minar, Lal Quila,Kirti Stambh, India Gate , Hawa Mahal, along with petrol pumps, washrooms, eateries, motels and vehicle repair shops.The PM is also going to inaugarate a Digital Art Gallery, which will be featuring 18 photos of the construction work of the EPE along with a group photo of the PM and the entire team involved. The Art Gallery is at the toll plaza in Jakhauli village in Sonipat district.
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