On 27 May Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 135 KM Eastern Peripheral Expressway acting as a bypass to Delhi. The Rs 11,000 crore expressway completed within 500 days, set itself apart from other highways, thanks to the renewable energy initiatives along the length of it.
As reported, the expressway became the first Indian highway having its lighting completely powered by solar energy. To achieve this, eight solar power plants with a combined capacity of 4 mega watt were established. Besides this, rainwater collecting centres were set up at every 500 metre of the road.
Sadly, just two weeks after the expressway’s inauguration, its renewable innovations have started to cut a sorry state after being marred by thievery.
While we all demand development, but whenever something is done as a part of development. People can’t take it and put their greed over the welfare of society. In an incident, Eastern Peripheral Expressway in Uttar Pradesh which was inaugurated by PM Modi a few days ago. Solar Panels and Batteries got stolen which is said to be worth 2.5 crores.
Incidentally this isn’t the only time a state of the art public property has been ruined in no time in India. We had reported how headphones were stolen, interactive screens vandalised and toilets were not flushed during Tejas express’s maiden trip.