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The Government is planning to build expressways to ease the traffic congestion in Delhi.

“Plans are on the anvil for Rs 5,000 crore 16-lane road connecting Delhi with Ghaziabad and Noida on the outskirts in a major bid to ease traffic congestion in the capital,” said Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari.

The project work of Delhi-Meerut expressway will begin in three months.

“We are making a 16-lane highway on NH 24 from near ITO till Dasna. This will also ease traffic jams in Delhi and it will pass through the Akshardham temple. The work will start on this project in 3 months,” Gadkari told PTI in an interview.

The estimate cost of the project should be around Rs. 4,000 to Rs 5,000 crore, he added.

The Minister said that the government is also planning to build an Eastern Peripheral Expressway to provide signal-free connectivity between the national capital and neighboring towns.

Gadkari added, “File has gone from the Finance Ministry to the Cabinet and I guess in a month’s time, we will start work on the project (The Eastern Bypass Project). This will ease traffic jams in the city.”

The project is likely to be completed by July 2018 and the estimate cost of the project would be around Rs. 6,000 crore.

Following a Supreme Court Verdict, the draft of building these two expressways  were made  in the year 2006.

Eastern Peripheral Expressway envisages to provide signal-free connectivity between Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gautam Budh Nagar (Greater Noida) and Palwal while the Western Expressway will connect Kundli to Palwal via Manesar in Haryana.

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Air Quality In Delhi Very Low, No Sign Of Improvement

SAFAR has advised people to avoid outdoor physical activities.

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Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons
Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons

The air quality deteriorated to ‘very poor’ in the national capital Delhi and areas around it due to low wind speed and marginal effect of stubble burning in neighbouring states.

Several areas across Delhi also saw ‘severe-plus’ and ‘severe’ air quality due to high level of particle pollution, which remained over 10 times the safe limit.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) was 337 or very-poor against 273 or poor or Thursday. The AQI at Anand Vihar was 407 and of Mundaka was 432, both under ‘severe’ category.

PM2.5, or particles with diameter less than 2.5mm, is still the dominant pollutant. Despite dry and cool north-westerly winds, the air quality dropped to the average PM2.5 over 37 areas of Delhi recording 191 microgrammes per cubic meters, against 134 units on Thursday and 240 units on Wednesday.

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A man walks in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India. VOA

“Air Quality Index will remain in very poor category on Saturday. A slight improvement is predicted later,” said a forecast by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.

According to weather analysts, wind speed at present is slow allowing the pollutant to accumulate.

“Stubble fire will have a marginal impact,” SAFAR said.

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SAFAR has advised people to avoid outdoor physical activities.

“If asthmatic, keep relief medicine handy,” the warning added. (IANS)