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Eastern Peripheral Expressway misses Jan 26 deadline

Greater Noida: Owing to the delay in constructing flyovers at GT Road and persistent protests by farmers demanding increased compensation for their acquired land, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) again missed its latest deadline, January 26, and failed to make one of its lanes operational.
Construction work here has been moving at snail's pace and work for the flyover at GT Road has just started.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has now set June 2018 as the new deadline for commencement of the EPE – a 135 km stretch to de-congest Delhi and National Capital Region.
"We have been holding time to time meetings with farmers to look into their grievances so that the work is preceded unhindered.
"Though the EPE has missed several deadlines in the past, this time, looking at the pace of construction work, it is expected that the EPE will not miss its now proposed deadline," said a senior official of the district Land Acquisition department.
Construction of the flyover at Greater Noida's Sirsa village and the bridge over Yamuna Expressway has just begun.
Meanwhile, Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has decided that the 57 hectare of land falling under it, which was acquired by NHAI for construction of the EPE, will be provided free of cost, so as to provide maximum connectivity to the upcoming Jewar Airport.
The EPE project is aimed at providing signal-free connectivity between Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Greater Noida, Sonipat, and Palwal, and is expected to decongest Delhi's roads.
Once complete, it is likely to take at least 70,000-80,000 vehicles off the national Capital's roads.
It is also likely to benefit Uttar Pradesh and Haryana by opening up hinterlands for developing commercial areas and townships along the expressways.
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