New Delhi, May 27 — Drive along the National Highway 2, commonly known as the Delhi-Agra highway, is all set to get better. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has signed an agreement with Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group-led Reliance Infrastructure to widen and improve 180-km long stretch of the highway. The project, which would cost Rs 2,960 crore, includes widening the road to six lanes and constructing service roads, pedestrian facilities and bus bays along the stretch. This will not only improve the drive along the highway, which is important from tourism point of view, but will also reduce travelling time between the Capital and the historic city, NHAI officials said. Senior NHAI officials said the concession period, during which the construction agency would charge toll from vehicles using the road, would be of 26 years and will also include the construction period.
As this road connects Delhi with Faridabad, Mathura and Agra, and also leads to Mumbai and other southern parts of India, more than 30,000 vehicles use this stretch every day and vehicular population on this highway grows by six per cent annually, an NHAI official said.