According to NHAI authorities, the tunnel connecting the Kapashera border with NH-8, which is being constructed to give continuous connectivity from the Haryana border to the IGI Airport in Delhi, is around 80% complete.
The Dwarka Expressway, a significant undertaking of India’s NHAI, includes the tunnel. With a length of 3.6 km and eight lanes, the tunnel is the longest and widest urban road tunnel in the nation.
The tunnel is one of two that make up Package 1 of the Dwarka Expressway, according to NHAI officials. Officials stated that the other tunnel, which connects NH-8 to terminal 3 of the airport, is 2.5 km long and that 50% of the structure’s work has already been completed. Six lanes will be present in the second tunnel, according to sources.
The UER 2, which connects Alipur in north Delhi with the Delhi-Jaipur highway close to Rajokri in southwest Delhi, is scheduled to open by the end of this year, according to Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, and will relieve congestion in many areas of the national Capital.
An expert suggests a short-term remedy for the traffic congestion
The tunnel is designed to minimize both the city’s traffic congestion and the travel time to the IGI airport. This, however, is merely a short-term fix for the gridlock in the city.
“The more supply there is, the more demand there is, and vehicular density will only increase,” said Amit Bhatt, MD for India at the International Council on Clean Transportation.
Four layers make up the Dwarka Expressway:
at-grade roadways, elevated flyovers, flyovers above elevated flyovers, and tunnels/underpasses. According to NHAI officials, the travel time between Manesar in Gurgaon and IGI will be cut in half to 20 minutes after the tunnel and UER 2 are finished.
The overall length of the Dwarka Expressway is 29 kilometers, of which 10.1 kilometers are in Delhi and 18.9 kilometers are in Haryana. The highway connects Shiv-Murti on NH-8 with the toll booth at Kherki Daula. An estimate of the project’s total cost is Rs 10,000 crore.