Friday, November 27, 2020

Greenfield link to Jewar airport: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi: Union highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said his ministry will take up building of a greenfield link to the upcoming Jewar airport in Uttar Pradesh to cater to the future needs of travellers. He also said the work on the new link from Delhi to Dehradun via Baghpat and Saharanpur is being expedited.

“We have decided to build the new link to Jewar. If the Uttar Pradesh government can get us the land, we will bear the expenses for the construction of this link,” Gadkari said, after virtually inaugurating a number of highway projects in UP.

The new link to Jewar airport will be built to connect the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai Expressway (at Ballabhgarh) to the airport. TOI on December 12 last year had first reported the plan for construction of this access controlled corridor by 2024 when the airport is likely to be operational. Gadkari said the road link was important as the upcoming airport would be bigger than IGI airport in Delhi.

“We had a few rounds of meetings with the UP government officials and they are on board for this road link. This project is crucial to provide faster connectivity to the airport,” said an NHAI official.

Sources said this road link would be around 30 km and nearly 80% of the stretch will fall in Haryana. The rest will be under UP. The NHAI has already awarded the work for extending the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway from Sohna to DND flyway via Ballabhgarh.

On the Delhi-Dehradun new link, Gadkari said this will reduce the distance between the national capital and the capital of Uttarakhand. The NHAI has already received bids for the first two packages of this project, Akshardham to Delhi Border and Delhi Border to Eastern Peripheral Expressway intersection in Baghpat.

27/11/20 Times of India

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