In a significant development, Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena has given the green light for the transfer of 1.11 acres of land to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), paving the way for the construction of a 50-kilometer-long six-lane highway. This stretch is a crucial part of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway project under the Bharatmala Pariyojana. The approval is expected to alleviate traffic congestion on the vital routes connecting the national capital with Faridabad and Noida.
Officials from the LG secretariat confirmed that NHAI had submitted a request for the land transfer earlier this year, emphasizing its importance. The LG granted the approval on an urgent basis, subject to NHAI’s commitment to utilize the inert and construction and demolition (C&D) waste generated in Delhi for the construction site and beyond, along with the required payment for the land.
Additionally, the LG also granted approval for the transfer of 1.04 acres of land owned by the irrigation and flood control department. This land will be used for the construction of a power sub-station in Uttam Nagar’s Nawada village, a pending project since 2016.
The six-lane highway, a central government initiative, will serve as a critical route for traffic flow between Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. With an estimated cost of ₹2,627 crore, the project aims to reduce travel time from Noida and Delhi to the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway by three to four hours. The road will run parallel to the Agra and Gurgaon canals.
A senior NHAI official, speaking on condition of anonymity, highlighted the significance of the highway in enhancing connectivity between Delhi, Noida, and Ghaziabad. The stretch will also provide seamless access to major roads such as the Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) flyway, the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, KMP Expressway, NH-2 (Delhi-Agra), Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, and Jewar airport. Moreover, plans include the incorporation of four cross-elevated Metro train lines in the Delhi area and the installation of a vertical garden along the span’s piers for aesthetic and environmental purposes.
The approval for land transfer marks a significant step forward in the construction of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, further enhancing regional connectivity and facilitating smoother travel for commuters in and around the national capital.