Ghaziabad, Feb. 15 -- The two under-construction phases of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME) suffered a delay during the period from November to February 14, owing to construction ban on account of pollution in Delhi-NCR. Officials said local factors, too, contributed to the delay.

The Phase 2 of DME spans a stretch of 19.2km, from UP Gate to Dasna. The phase 4 spans 32km, from Dasna to Meerut. The officials said they are trying to complete the entire phase 2 (barring part of a rail over bridge near Crossings Republik) by the end of April. The phase 4, on the other hand, is a six lane access-controlled expressway that will connect commuters directly to Meerut.

Both phases have a deadline of May 2020. The Phase 1, from Akshardham in Delhi ...