The 9-km stretch from Delhi's Sarai Kale Khan to UP Gate, would help reduce congestion on roads leading to Noida and Ghaziabad.

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The total length of the project is 82 km, of which the first 27.74 km will be 14-lane, the rest will be a 6-lane expressway.

The project, which is being built in four segments, will be fully completed by March 2019. The segments will be Nizamuddin Bridge to UP Border, UP Border to Dasna, Dasna to Hapur and Hapur to Meerut.

The 135-km Eastern Peripheral Expressway envisages signal-free connectivity between Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Faridabad and Palwal. The expressway has been built in a record 17 months. Its foundation stone was laid by PM Modi in November 2015.

Today with much fanfare Modi inaugurated the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) first leg of 9 kms that the project consultant claimed will reduce the volume of commercial traffic by 35% in Delhi, allowing 52,000 vehicles to bypass the national capital everyday.

The Rs 11,000-crore EPE will connect Sonipat to Palwal through Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Faridabad while serving as a bypass for vehicles entering Delhi for 135 Km with a cost of 81 Crores /Km.

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Modi’s government has in its budgetary between 2014-15 and 2018-19, the overall budgetary allocation for the highways sector was increased from Rs 32,000 crore to Rs 71,000 crore.

But the same Modi government has put block on Sethusamutra project in tamilnadu that could have open bundle of opportunities and development to Tamilnadu because this shipping path reduce 424 nautical miles and save travel distance of about 30 hours for vessels that had been inaugurated by UPA I government under the effect of DMK whose party men Balu is the Highways and Shipping Minister in the cabinet during 2005~2006 when Prime Minster Manmohansingh ruled.

It is interesting to note BJP MP Subramaniya swamy has raised objection in Supreme court for support of Hindu mythical Lord Rama bridge been cut away for the Sethu Samuthra project and then Modi Government has said it will take the line of its Party MP that is against the Principle stand of what the Project been commenced.

Here the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) lane cost figure 81 Crores / Km and this escalation of cost also raised by Experts.

As on date Experts Engineers Quote similar National highways work will be in range of 20~25 crores / km for 6 lane is only been budgeted.

The table as reported by Infraline - a infrastructure sector research house on Jan 15, 2015 been quoted by Experts.

This was the Total Project Cost figures calculated by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRT&H) estimated to accrue to the Authority (implementing agency) for various National Highways under the purview of MoRT&H or NHAI.

The include construction costs and also other associated costs. This would include Land Acquisition Costs as well.