Five firms bag eastern expressway project

Eastern Peripheral Expressway
Sadbhav Engineering Ltd, Jaiprakash Associates Ltd, Ashoka Buildcon, Gayatri Projects Ltd and Oriental Structural Engineers have bagged six contracts for the Centre's most ambitious project to decongest Delhi.

The Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) is expected to be commissioned by July 2018. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is executing the project under six packages through the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) mode.

According to officials, the foundation stone of the 135-km long expressway passing through Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, is likely to be laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the model code of conduct for the Haryana panchayat polls is lifted.

The total cost of the project is around Rs 7,558 crore including Rs 1,795.20 crore for land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities.

The government has already acquired 1,568 hectares, out of the total 1,631.50 hectares required for the project.

"The construction period is 30 months and the project is likely to be completed within the July 2018 deadline fixed by the Supreme Court. We have set a deadline to complete the project by May 2018," said a senior NHAI official.

He added the expressway would be of concrete and will have wayside amenities like parking space, hotels, motels, eateries and toilet blocks among others.

In July this year, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the development of the six-lane Eastern Peripheral Expressway through government funding.

The government had earlier planned to undertake the project through private funding on build-operate-transfer (BOT) mode but lack of interest from the private sector led to the mode being changed to EPC.

NHAI had that time invited applications on BOT as well as EPC mode, to meet the time frame given by the Supreme Court. However, it did not receive any single bid for it. On the contrary, it received 167 Requests for Quotation (RFQ) (for all six packages) by the bid date for EPC mode. Due to a lack of response to BOT, the Repquest for proposals (RFP) was issued and finally was awarded the project to five private players.

Passing through Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, the expressway is a peripheral road around Delhi, so that the traffic which is not destined for Delhi, does not pass through the city. This avoids congestion and pollution in the city.

It is believed that the development of this stretch will also boost economic activity along its path in the neighbouring states.

The proposed expressway will start from kilometre 36.083 on NH-1 and end at km 64.330 on NH-2, covering Sonepat, Faridabad, and Palwal districts in Haryana; and Baghpat, Gautam Budh Nagar, and Ghaziabad districts in Uttar Pradesh.

The start and end points of both EPE & the Western Peripheral Expressway (WPE) are the same thereby forming a Ring-Road outside Delhi. Work on the Western Peripheral Expressway or Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) is being handled by Haryana Government. Passing through five districts of Haryana - Sonepat, Jhajjar, Gurgaon, Mewat and Palwal - the 136 Km, WPE Expressway will be six laned. While the Manesar-Palwal Section would be completed next year, the Manesar-Kundli section would be completed in 2018.

The alignment of EPE starts near Kundli (Km 36.083 on NH-1), traverses to cross the Yamuna (EPE chainage 12.6 km), crosses SH-57 at 15.360 km, (near Mawikalan) NH-58 at 44.5 km (near Duhai), NH-24 at 52.19 km (near Dasna), NH-91 at 72.725 km (near Beel Akbarpur), Kasna-Sikandra road (near Sirsa), Taj Expressway (near village Jaganpur Afjalpur) at 91.900, river Yamuna (EPE chainage Km. 102.600), Atali-Chhainsa Road (near village Maujpur) and ends at Palwal (64.330 km on NH-2).

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