Baghpat, May 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the 135-km-long Eastern Peripheral Expressway, also known as Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal (KGP) expressway. It has been built over the period of 17 months and originates at Kundli and ends at Palwal. The inaugural ceremony was held at the District Sports stadium of Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. Governor Ram Naik, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar were present at the ceremony. (10 Things to Know About Eastern Peripheral Expressway) Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Unlock: State Plans To Further Ease Covid Curbs. Here’s What Likely To Open From June 17

Before the inauguration of KGP Expressway, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Digital Art Gallery of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) at the toll plaza in Jakhauli village in district Sonipat. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister had inaugurated the first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway. Soon after the inauguration, the PM began his road show in an open jeep on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway alongside Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. Also Read - Marriage Called Off After Groom Pretends to Be Muslim & Fails to Pronounce Urdu Words Correctly

There are 18 displays in the gallery. In this gallery, all the information from the beginning of the construction work and completion of the expressway through digital medium are present. The gallery would also have a group picture of complete team involved in the construction of the expressway with the Prime Minister. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh: TV Journalist Dies Day After Flagging Liquor Mafia’s Threat, Cops Call it 'Road Accident'

Ahead of the inauguration, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari informed that the Eastern Peripheral Expressway will be completed by March 2019. He also asserted that the travel time from Meerut to Delhi will be reduced to 40 minutes with operation of the expressway.

“The construction of KGP expressway would relieve Delhi from traffic congestion. This project had been completed in a record time of two years at the cost of Rs 5,763 crore. It is the country’s first Axis Control Highway and the vehicles would have to pay toll equivalent to their travel,” a statement released by the Haryana Government on Wednesday said.

At every 500 metres, arrangement of rain water harvesting has been done on both sides of the expressway. “Solar energy has been used. A replica of 36 monuments like India Gate, Gateway of India, Ashoka Stambha, showcasing the art and culture of the country has been established. Digital art gallery would present the glorious construction story of the KGB expressway,” it further stated.