GDA Plans A Bypass Route To Ease Traffic Between Hindon Elevated Road And Delhi-Meerut Road
Now the travelling time between Delhi and Ghaziabad will be cut down to mere 18 minutes from the earlier 60 minutes as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister inaugurates the Hindon Elevated Road on March 30. The 10.3-km Hindon Elevated Road project was inaugurated along with other infrastructure projects worth Rs 341.48 crore. The development of the corridor is seen as a favourable move for Delhi-Ghaziabad commuters who have been facing endless traffic snarls on the stretches towards Meerut and other areas of western UP. The stretch is aimed at easing traffic and providing direct access from the UP Gate at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border to Raj Nagar Extension in Ghaziabad.
Initially planned for opening in July 2017, this project faced many obstacles in terms of receiving environment clearances from authorities the environment ministry as well as the National Green Tribunal. It was on March 9 that the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) finally provided the clearance for the project.
Here’s are some facts about the Hindon Elevated Road:
Cost: The Hindon Elevated Road is built at a cost of Rs 1,470 crore. The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has funded the project through its own resources along with a loan of Rs 700 crore from the NCR Planning Board.
Connectivity: This elevated corridor is a signal-free bypass which will provide seamless connectivity for those travelling to and from Delhi, Ghaziabad and other areas of western UP. The commuting time from Ghaziabad to east Delhi border will be reduced to just 15 minutes at a permissible speed of 80 kmph. The corridor is merely 1.5 kilometres from the Hindon Airbase, which will soon be ready to operate commercial flights.
Length: Once completed, the part six-lane, part four-lane route will span a total length of 18 kilometres. Passing through a railway line and a river stream, the elevated road will also be connected to the National Highway-24 (NH-24).
Features: The road has been constructed on 228 pillars on a single pier from the ground surface near Raj Nagar Extension, a first of its kind in India. Authorities will soon devise a traffic plan to specify the type of vehicle which could ply on this road. Bigger commercial vehicles might be restricted from using this route to avoid chaos. Besides, a traffic rotary at Raj Nagar Extension will be planned to give way to traffic on different routes, including the elevated road. The speed limits have already been set at 80kilometre/hour. Apart from this, the GDA is planning to install CCTV cameras and speed radars to streamline the flow of traffic and movement of vehicles smooth on the elevated road. Also, solar panels will be installed along the route to power the LED lights on the elevated stretch to save on the operational costs.
New additions: To manage the traffic flow towards Meerut, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is planning to add an eight-km bypass road parallel to the River Hindon as an alternative route for bypassing Raj Nagar Extension. This road will connect the Hindon Elevated Road and the Delhi-Meerut Road and will take commuters further to Manan Dham near Morta. This bypass road will bring down the total travel time to 20 minutes from the RNE to the UP Gate.
Additionally, road-widening activities and construction of U-turns at Raj Nagar Extension crossing have taken place to facilitate traffic movement. The four-way crossing at the intersection on the National Highway-58 will be a vital point for commuters going towards the Hindon Elevated Road. Work on a four-lane traffic rotary at Vasundhara has also been carried out. Widening of the NH-24 under the Delhi-Meerut Expressway project has also begun. The benefits of the two projects would only be felt once they aligned to help commuters take the elevated road from NH-24.
Other projects to be inaugurated
Yogi Adityanath also inaugurated seven other infrastructure projects in Ghaziabad:
*A Rs 35-crore rotary and grade separator, bypassing the newly opened NH-24 to NH-58 Link Road, that will aid in smooth traffic changeover.
*A road and drainage strengthening project, from GT Road to Raj Nagar Extension, worth Rs 70.64-crore has also been inaugurated.
*The task of installing LED lights in Indirapuram and Loni has been undertaken at a cost of Rs 3 crore.
*Foundation stone for the construction of 856 houses at Madhuban Bapudham, under the Pradhan Mantri Avas Yojna (PMAY), for the economically weaker sections will also be laid. This project is worth Rs 131 crore.
*The Chief Minister will also lay foundation stones for the construction of a cultural centre at the city forest, near river Hindon at Rs 5 crore.
*The renovation project worth Rs 3 crore for three heritage gates — Jawahar Gate, Dasna Gate and Delhi Gate inaugrated, too.
*Foundation stone for the RCC drainage project worth Rs 5.3-crore in Lajpat Nagar was laid, too.