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Ahmedabad-Dholera Expressway work progressing at rapid pace ; likely to open in 2024 

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AHMEDABAD : The construction work on the expressway connecting Ahmedabad with the smart city of Dholera, is progressing rapidly. Once the Ahmedabad-Dholera Expressway is ready and operational, people will be able to commute between the two cities in 40 to 45 minutes.

The 109-kilometer expressway project is being constructed at a cost of Rs. 3600 crores. The expressway is divided into 4 packages, with Packages 1, 2, and 3 being expanded from 6-lane highways to 8 lanes, while Package 4 is designed as an 8-lane highway with the capacity to expand to 12 lanes.

Package 4 covers a 38-kilometer long section on a brownfield alignment. Construction work is progressing as per the requirement for a 12-lane highway, but currently, the road will have 8 lanes. Earthwork is underway, with a 2-lane road already operational. As you move toward Ahmedabad, the earthwork at the interchange is yet to commence, but structures for underpasses connecting to this expressway are fully erected.

Moving forward, the brownfield alignment ends at an interchange near the Administration Cum Business Center for Dholera (ABCD). Travelers from the ABCD building will be able to enter the expressway from the interchange located here. After this interchange, the greenfield alignment begins, where earthwork is in progress.

The 22.5-kilometer long Package 3 will facilitate the connection of the expressway to Dholera Airport. An elevated path is being created in the package, with pillars already constructed, and some pillars are even connected. Further along the road towards Ahmedabad, a vehicular underpass structure is ready to connect the existing airport road with the expressway. Work is currently ongoing to build the ramps near the underpass structure. Structures related to interchanges and underpasses are ready, while earthwork continues over this package.

As we move forward, Package 1 is substantially ready. The earthwork is complete, lanes are ready, and the remaining work involves plantation and lane marking. A canal passes through this area of the expressway, and the construction of the structure, including erected pillars, is completed with ongoing flooring work on the overpass.

Moving towards the entry point to Ahmedabad, construction work for the interchange is ongoing at the SP Ring Road within the city. Half of the circle at the interchange is undergoing earthwork, while the other half is nearly finished, requiring only road leveling work.

Overall, the work is progressing at a rapid pace, and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is likely to open some sections of the expressway by April 2024, with the aim of full operation by December next year.

One noteworthy aspect of this expressway is the utilization of waste processed at the Amdavad Municipal Corporation-run Pirana Dump Yard in the embankment layer of the road on this expressway.

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