The move pushed forward by centre and state government to make the 270 km long western expressway operational will greatly benefit Delhiites. It will not only reduce the congestion on city roads, but will also have a huge impact in decreasing the overall pollution in the city.
Though the main aim of the operation is to enable cargo trucks to bypass the city, other benefits will also be reaped by the residents of the national capital.
The proposal was put forward by highways minister, Nitin Gadkari. he announced that large carriers transporting goods from factories to warehouses would be sent on the logistic hub routes along the highway and small goods containers would be utilized for transporting materials within the city. According to planners, an estimated 23% of the trucks related traffic would decrease and subsequently decongest the intra-city roads.
These logistic hubs will ensure a much cleaner mode of transport, as small carriers plying within the city, can make use of environment friendly fuels like CNG, electricity and down the line, even hydrogen. It should be noted that this is a marginal step towards a cleaner city. It would be Utopian to assume that traffic would no longer be a problem, considering the 1 crore plus population, but it is a welcome change for Delhiites all the same.