To Decongest East Delhi, Centre Proposes A 19-Km Highway
In a move to decongest east Delhi areas, the Centre is planning to build a 19-km highway starting from Loni near the Delhi-Ghaziabad border to the Akshardham flyover. Currently, commuters from Western UP have to pass through the east Delhi areas such as Shastri Park, New Usmanpur, Khajuri Khas and Bhajanpura to reach Saharanpur highway that starts at Loni. The new highway will allow commuters to avoid the congested areas of east Delhi and reach the Saharanpur-bound national highway NH709B near Loni from the NH-24 directly. The project has received an in-principle approval while the detailed project report (DPR) would take another three months.
Meanwhile, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) also recently announced the expansion of the existing highway into a four-lane drive through to facilitate smooth commute between the two locations.
According to the officials, the road would start from the NH-24 near the Akshardham flyover and touch the Delhi-Saharanpur NH-709B near Garhi Jassi in Loni Dehat. The proposed road would be aligned along the Noida Link Road and the Marginal Bund Road in Delhi and Baghpat Road in Uttar Pradesh (UP0. In Delhi, the road would pass through Ramesh Park, Geeta Colony, Shastri Park, Sonia Vihar Extension and West Karawal Nagar. While in UP, it would pass through Ankur Vihar, Welcome City and Indrapuri before ending at the Pooja Pusta Police Chowki in Loni.
The expansion work has been divided into three phases by the NHAI. The priority section is the 45-km stretch from Baghpat to Shamli for which the bids will be invited next month. The second phase will be from Shamli to Saharanpur while in the third phase, the work will begin on the road between Delhi and Baghpat. The expansion work would take at least three years. The construction of the elevated highway from Akshardham to Loni is a part of Phase-III expansion.
According to media reports, there is also a proposal to build a parallel eight-lane greenfield expressway between Delhi and Saharanpur along River Yamuna to meet the growing traffic demand and to decongest the NH-1, which connects Delhi with Chandigarh.
While the deadline has not been set yet, the complete funding will be done by the Central government. Once the DPR is ready, the Delhi and UP government will have to hand over the land to the NHAI for the construction work.