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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurates Delhi-Meerut PKG-3

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Delhi-Meerut Package-3 connecting Dasna in Ghaziabad to Hapur. It is the most awaited third package of Delhi Meerut expressway.

About Delhi-Meerut Package-3

It is a 22 kilometre-long stretch built with a cost of Rs.1989 crore. The ambitious project boasts several underpasses and construction of a major bridge across upper Ganga canal.

The project will help in decongesting National Capital Region (NCR) and will bring significant reduction in pollution level. It will also lead to reduction in travel time by more than an hour.

The Package 3 has-

  • A 6 lane section with 2 plus 2 lane service road on either sides
  • An important 4.68 long 6 lane elevated cooridor at Pilkhuwa.

This 4.68-km long 6-lane elevated corridor at Pilkhuwa has been conferred Gold Medal for innovation in construction technology. Also, Pilkhuwa Viaduct has also been awarded as outstanding concrete structure of western UP.

The Delhi-Meerut Expressway project

It is 82 kilometre-long Delhi-Meerut Expressway that connects Delhi with Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh.

It is being implemented in four packages-

  1. 7 kilometre-long expressway from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to UP Gate which was already completed in June 2018 under Phase-I
  2. 28 km long 6-lane expressway/ 8-lane NH 24 from Ghazipur border to Dasna in UP (which is 60% complete)
  3. 23 km long 6-lane NH 24 with 2+2 lane service roads on either sides from Dasna to Hapur in UP (which is inaugurated)
  4. 78 kilometre-long greenfield six-lane expressway from Hapur to Meerut, under Phase-IV which is expected to be completed by end of 2019.

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SC accepts Centre’s proposal for use of coloured stickers to indicate nature of fuel

Supreme Court has accepted Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) proposal to use hologram-based coloured stickers on vehicles, plying in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) to indicate the nature of the fuel used. The apex court has asked government to implement use of coloured stickers on vehicles plying in Delhi-NCR by September 30, 2018. It also clarified that this colour-coding will only be applicable in Delhi and NCR.

Key Facts

With this approval, Delhi will be first city in India to have hologram-based coloured stickers on according to fuel they run on. This move aims to counter air pollution in national capital. Under this colour scheme proposed by MoRTH, light-blue colour will be used for vehicles running petrol and CNG-run vehicles while orange colour sticker will be used for diesel-driven vehicles. These hologram-based stickers will also contain registration date of the vehicle. MoRTH is also considering to introduce green number plates for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Significance

Introduction of coloured stickers will restrict use of more polluting vehicles in congested or polluted zone temporarily or permanently depending on the pollution level. The colour coding will help authorities identify and restrict vehicles running on high-polluting fuel from congested or polluted zone temporarily or permanently depending on the pollution level

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