With the central government's ambitious project Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) expressway nearing completion, the work on Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal (KGP) expressway, also known as the eastern peripheral expressway, is in full swing and the National Highway Authority of India says it would complete the 136-km long expressway by June next year.
The project, which was launched in May, started off with construction work from the second week of April last year with the deadline of 400 days fixed by the Centre.
The six-lane expressway will provide a bypass on the eastern side of Delhi reducing significant amount of vehicles in the Capital as motorists will be able to use the bypass to reach Aligarh, Bagpat, Bulland Shahar, Meerut, Lucknow, Mathura, Agra and Kanpur situated on NH24 and NH2, without entering Delhi.
"We have completed 40% of the work in the project so far with filling of multi-layer clay, followed by concretisation, which is still going on," said Ashish Jain, NHAI project director for KGP.
At least 13-km stretch of the expressway passes through the Sonipat district and while larger part of the expressway passes through western Uttar Pradesh districts such as Bagpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Faridabad before ending in Palwal at at NH 2.
The proposed alignment crosses the Yamuna river at Khurrampur/Khata in UP and Faizpur Khadar in Haryana and crosses the Hindon river.
Project manager of the assigned construction company Sadbhaw engineering Ltd RP Singh, told Mail Today, "The pilings for well foundation to construct pillars are getting easier to construct due to lesser amount of water in Yamuna."
"As the soil of the river is sandy, we have been digging 34 meter underneath the surface for strong well foundation," he further added.