Our Honorable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi opened the first hybrid 14 lane expressway to the country on 27th of May 2018. This auspicious project was developed by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and Welspun group. It was completed in a record time of 18 months as against the estimated 30 months under Hybrid Annuity Model. The Delhi-Meerut Expressway (Delhi Section) starts from Nizamuddin Bridge to UP border. Mr. Modi was accompanied by Shri Nitin Gadkari – Honorable Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. He said, “Congratulations to NHAI and Welspun Group for completing the green and sustainable Delhi – Meerut Expressway in record time.” Along with him, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya – Honorable Union Minister of State for Road, Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers, Shri Maheish Girri – Member of Parliament, Shri Rajendra Agrawal – Member of Parliament, Mr. B. K. Goenka – Chairman of Welspun Group and Mr. Sandeep Garg – MD & CEO, Welspun Enterprises Ltd. were also present on this milestone occasion.
The Delhi-Meerut Expressway (Package I) has now set up a new benchmark with operational efficiency and commitment. It consists of a six-lane expressway in the centre, flanked by two four-lane highways on either side – making it 14-lanes in total. This expressway has been designed for a speed upto 120 kmph, which will reduce the travel time from 45 minutes to just 8 minutes. Moreover, it features India’s first cycling track on both sides along with vertical gardens, solar panels for lighting and drip water irrigation. The stretch also features Advanced Traffic Management Systems, CCTVs, and replicas of heritage monuments like Qutab Minar & Ashoka Sthamba on sides.
Welspun Group, known for its various social initiatives, has played a key role in rehabilitating the slums on the highway. It also runs various social awareness programs with the local population in the areas of hygiene, women empowerment and education for children. Through its technological excellence has also been contributing to the nation’s growth through its various businesses verticals and is proud to be associated with NHAI to develop various projects in the country. Welspun Enterprises was the first Company to achieve the financial closure for this expressway project. “We are proud to contribute through industry-first initiatives like vertical gardens, cycling track, solar lighting and beautification of this stretch”, said Mr. B.K. Goenka – Chairman of Welspun Group.