Reliance Infrastructure Limited (RInfra), part of the Reliance Group, through its Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) DA Toll Road Private Limited, announced the commencement of four to six lanes widening and tolling of Delhi Agra road. The 180 km long Delhi Agra corridor is RInfra’s 8th road project that is revenue generating.
The project is executed on DBFOT (Design, Build, Operate, Finance and Transfer) pattern under the aegis of National Highways Authority of India. RInfra has been awarded the contract to construct, operate and maintain the road for a concession period of 26 years.
The four to six lanes widening of Delhi-Agra road will cost Rs. 2,945 crore involving construction and renovation of 16 flyovers, 2 overpasses, 14 vehicular underpasses, 8 bridges on service road, 10 pedestrian underpasses, etc.
Commenting on this development, Sudhir R Hoshing, CEO (Roads), Reliance Infrastructure, said “We are happy to start the four to six lane widening work of the prestigious Delhi-Agra Road, which is also part of the Golden Quadrilateral and historical Grand Truck road. Once the four to six lane widening work of Delhi Agra road is over, the corridor will start handling 70,000 vehicles per day from existing 17,000 vehicles per day. This will reduce traffic jams and bottlenecks and provide faster, safer and comfortable travelling experiences. Commuters will have the pleasure to drive through major tourist destinations like Suraj Kund, Mathura, Vrindavan, Govardhan parbat, Taj Mahal, etc. at almost half the tolling charges as compared to the other corridor.”
He further added, “The traffic density is expected to double in next 7-8 years. For the safety and security of commuters, the corridor will have 24X7 patrolling car, ambulance services and medical centre.”
The Delhi-Agra road starts from Badarpur border and ends before Yamuna bridge of Agra city connecting major tourist’s destinations like Surajkund, Badkhal Lake, Shivling at Hodal, Shani Temple, ISKON temple, Banke Bihari and other major temples of Mathura and Vrindavan.
A car would have to pay Rs 80 for a single trip, but local residents could use this corridor any number of times in a month for Rs. 200 only. Commuters traveling from T3 international airport to Agra on RInfra’s Gurgaon-Faridabad-Delhi-Agra road will spend Rs. 196 on tolling, compared to Rs. 347 if they travel on Yamuna expressway, thereby saving almost 50% on their tolling charges.
For the security and safety of passengers, all toll plazas will act as response centre during any emergencies. Each Toll plaza will have a Control Room that will help in locating the accident site and provide required emergency services within minimum response time. Emergency helpline number (05653051010) will also be displayed at every Toll Plazas. Two ambulance services will be available 24x7 on the corridor to handle any emergency situations.
Four patrolling cars will regularly patrol (24x7) the entire stretch of Delhi Agra road to ensure the safety and security of commuters. A medical centre will also be located at Mathura Toll Plaza where basic medical aids will be provided during emergency.