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80% work complete on Kapashera-NH 8 tunnel, ET Infra


In good news for travellers from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, work is 80 percent complete on the tunnel connecting the Kapashera border to NH-8. National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) claims that the tunnel between the Haryana border and IGI Airport Terminal 3 in Delhi, will cut down travel time massively, essentially bringing travel time down to as low as 20 minutes.

The tunnel would also feature eight lanes in line with the Dwarka Expressway’s layout. Moreover, there will be two tunnels up till IGI Terminal 3, work in the second tunnel is 50 percent done and expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Both tunnels are part of the NHAI’s Dwarka Expressway project, the first one from the Haryana border will be the longest shallow depth tunnel project in the country at 3.6 km long and the second one closer to the airport will stretch 2.5 km long.

Once completed, travellers from Panipat would be able to take the Urban Extension Road-2 (EUR-2) from Alipur and connect to the Dwarka Expressway, which is 40 km away. Airport-bound traffic will be diverted using the tunnels and NHAI claims that this would help decongest the capital city roads and reduce travel time while providing cost benefits to travellers.

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India recently said, that the Dwarka Expressway and tunnel projects could help cut down traffic by 50 percent between Dhaula Kuan and Gurugram. However, experts believe that the projects are a temporary solution to the capital’s congestion problems as when vehicle density eventually increases, so will the traffic congestion.

Moreover, regular commuters from NH-8 will benefit from added cost-benefits as with the smooth travel using the expressway and the tunnels, vehicles would consume less fuel as compared to when they face congestion in the current scenario. In long-term it would also cut down on wear and tear and result in time savings, as well as environmental savings because vehicles would emit less amount of carbon dioxide thanks to the uncongested route and reduced travel time and distance.

  • Published On Sep 18, 2023 at 03:24 PM IST

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