Delhi, Dec 31: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay, on Thursday, the foundation stone for Rs.7,566 crore 74-km long 14-lane Delhi-Dasna-Meerut expressway and for upgradation of 22-km-long Dasna-Hapur section of National Highway (NH) 24, an official statement said.Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: Govt Introduces Bill to Accord Special Status to 6 More Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education

“There is an urgent need for an expressway between Delhi and Meerut because NH-58, the only existing link between the two places is heavily congested with traffic,” said a road transport and highways ministry statement.[ALSO READ: PM Narendra Modi inaugurates National Conference of SC/ST entrepreneurs] Also Read - Kashi Vishwanath Corridor Project: How PM Modi’s Dream Project Will Boost Religious Tourism | SEE PHOTOS

“The alignment of Delhi-Meerut Express will start from Nizammudin Bridge from Delhi and will continue on existing NH-24 up to Dasna,” the statement added. Also Read - Cyclone Jawad To Hit Odisha, Andhra Pradesh Tomorrow, NDRF Deploys 64 Teams in 3 States | Key Points

Bids for the Delhi-Hapur section of NH-24 project on new hybrid annuity model were invited with bid due date as December 15, it said.