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Giant Wheel Of Highway - Western Peripheral Expressway opens today 
Date: 19 Nov 2018
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NEW DELHI: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal stretch, or the Western Peripheral Expressway (WPE), Delhi will now have a third ring road around it which will divert heavy traffic that passes through Delhi but is bound for other parts of the country.
PM Modi had inaugurated the first leg of the project, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway, in July this year. With the second leg opening today, the expressway will be complete almost 15 years after it was first conceived.
What is the peripheral expressway?
The peripheral expressway — a route that goes around Delhi passing through several districts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh — is a six-lane access-controlled expressway aimed at diverting heavy traffic passing through Delhi but bound for other parts of the country. The peripheral expressway passes through Sonipat, Jhajjar, Gurugram, Mewat, Palwal, Faridabad, Noida, Ghaziabad and Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Noida and Faridabad districts. It joins near Palwal the Western Peripheral Expressway which too starts at Kundali but passes through Manesar to reach Palwal. The expressway has the combined length of 270 km.
How will it help Delhi?
The expressway comes at the right time when Delhi is choked with pollution and traffic. It will decongest Delhi by diverting a large number of vehicles from the capital’s roads, reducing frequent jams and improving traffic flow. Approximately 1.5 lakh vehicles, including both goods and passenger vehicles, enter the city everyday. It will also reduce pollution. Vehicular emissions and road dust are two major reasons behind pollution in Delhi. Fewer heavy vehicles entering Delhi will mean reduction in both.
The expressway will also make Delhi safer. Nearly 70% of the deaths on Delhi’s roads past midnight are due to heavy vehicles passing through the city.  Diversion of these vehicles will reduce accidents. According to experts, most of the accidents occur near highways and the biggest black spots of Delhi are located along the national highways. Freight vehicles are involved in 44% of the accidents.
The expressway will bring another tangible benefit—a saving of thousands of crores of money. According to a study conducted by global consultancy firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG), traffic congestion during peak hours in four major cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata — costs the economy Rs 1.47 lakh crore annually.
 


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