Dwarka Expressway to be the first elevated urban highway in India

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The under-construction Dwarka Expressway between Delhi and Gurugram in Haryana is being developed as India's first elevated urban expressway.

Important facts

  • With the construction of the 29 km long Dwarka Expressway, being built at a cost of about 9.5 thousand crore rupees, the traffic pressure on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway will be reduced.

  • The expressway will be operational in 2023.

  • The Delhi-Gurugram Expressway is a part of the 'Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai' branch of the Golden Quadrilateral.

  • It is also known as Northern Peripheral Road

  • This expressway is of 16 lanes with provision of minimum three lane service road on both the sides.

  • The foundation stone of Dwarka Expressway was laid almost three years back in March 2019.

  • A total of 2 lakh metric tons of steel and 20 lakh cubic metric concrete are being used in the construction of this expressway.

What is elevated road?

  • Elevated roads are constructed in those places where there is more traffic.

  • An elevated road is technically a bridge.

  • Elevated road construction is preferred in areas where land acquisition becomes difficult due to dense population.

Additional information

  • The longest expressway in India is the Agra - Lucknow Expressway with a length of 302.02 km.

  • India's first expressway was started in January 2001 between Delhi-Noida.

  • The state with the most (13) expressways in the country is Uttar Pradesh. Out of the total 13 expressways of 3200 km, seven are under construction while six expressways are in operation.

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