Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday shared a video showing glimpses of the Dwarka Highway, also known as the Northern Peripheral Road or NH 248-BB. The 27.6-kilometer project is currently under construction and will connect Delhi’s Dwarka with the Kherki Daula toll station in Gurugram. Mr. Gadkari called it a “miracle of engineering”, saying the project will be open to the public in three to four months. The transport minister also said those traveling on the Dwarka highway will remember the experience for 100 years.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Dwarka Highway in five spots:
first) The highway will reduce the travel time between Dwarka and Manesar to 15 minutes. The distance between Manesar and Indira Gandhi International Airport can now be covered in 20 minutes while travel time between Manesar and Singhu border will be reduced to just 45 minutes.
2) The Dwarka Highway was built with 200,000 tons of steel – 30 times the amount of steel used to build the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Besides steel, about 20 thousand cubic meters of cement concrete, six times the amount used to build Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, were included in the construction of the project.
– Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) August 20, 2023
3) The expressway begins at the 20 km mark of NH 48 (former QL 8) at Shiv Murti in Mahipalpur, Delhi and ends at the 40 km mark near Kherki Daula Toll Plaza in Gurugram. It has been planned as an alternative route connecting the national capital and Gurugram to ease traffic on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway.
4) When operational, it will be India’s first 8-lane elevated highway. The total length of the four-pack highway is 563 km.
5) During the construction of the Dwarka Highway, at least 1,200 trees were replanted, another first for India. In addition, the country’s first 3.6 km 8-lane urban tunnel is also part of the Dwarka highway.