In an attempt to cut down the time of travel in the densely populated route of the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated two express ways today via the Delhi-Meerut route called Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE). This is the first of its kind in India, a gesture expected to have a great influence on the assembly elections that are to be held the very next day after this inauguration. Apart from the political gains, here are five facts about this historical road way.

  1. Traffic Solution: PM Modi describes the road as a “road to freedom from pollution”. This highway is sought to relieve traffic congestion from Delhi, as the country’s first Axis Control Highway in which the vehicles will pay a toll equivalent to their travel. There will also be a noticeable absence of 31 traffic signals that are currently on the Delhi-Meerut road.

  2. Truly Green: It is said that not only has solar energy been used to light up the entire stretch, but there is also an arrangement of rainwater harvesting done on both sides of the expressway. In addition to this, almost 2.5 lakh trees have been planted on the sides of the express as well.

  3. Artistic Wonder Wall: A replica of 36 walls like India Gate and Gateway of India, portraying the art and culture of India’s history has also been constructed. The digital art gallery will present displays in the gallery with information from the beginning of the construction work till completion of the expressway.

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  4. Huge Budget: India’s first and smart green expressway is built at an estimated Rs. 11,000 crore rupees. It is no wonder since the EPE is 135-km-long and has been built over the period of 17 months originates at Kundli and ends at Palwal.

  5. Electronic Toll: Driving by a toll can be both slow and irritating to wait in long lines. In order to overcome this obstacle, EPE provides uninterrupted travel experience. The faster toll collection will be done by means of toll plazas that are provided with Electronic Toll Collection System.

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It is nice to see that our country has found a firm footing and dedication in order to embrace digital modernization with a regard for the environment. Hopefully, this historical moment is not the last of its kind and we citizens can see our country evolve in all corners and aspects.

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