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Make NH-24 eight-lane to ease mess: Akhilesh Yadav

Amit Kumar, Hindustan Times  Noida/Ghaziabad, January 14, 2013
First Published: 22:36 IST(14/1/2013) | Last Updated: 22:37 IST(14/1/2013)

UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has knocked on the doors of the Central government on the issue of NH-24 widening. The chief minister has sought Rs. 350 crore for the widening project.

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Yadav wanted that the proposal to make the highway six-lane — the stretch between the Ghaziabad-Delhi border and Dasna — to be reworked to make it eight-lane. A large number of residential and commercial projects are coming up along the highway.

The CM, in a letter (a copy of which is with HT) to the Prime Minister and the road and surface transport minister, said the expansion would help commuters of Delhi and NCR towns.

The 28-km-four-lane stretch is one of the most congested national highway corridors in the country.

The proposal for constructing five underpasses on the highway has already been cleared. Besides, the stretch will be made signal-free.

According to sources, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) convened a meeting in this regard on December 28, 2012. Officials of the road transport and highways ministry and top officials of the state government discussed the chief minister’s concerns as regards to the road infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh.

“There was the proposal to convert NH-24 (Delhi-Dasna-Hapur) from four to six-lane. But as there is a lot of congestion on the road and due to the growing traffic, even six-lane highway will not solve the purpose. Therefore, the proposed six lanes should be changed to eight lanes. It will help commuters of Delhi and other neighbouring states. The cost of project can be estimated around Rs. 350 crore,” Yadav said in the letter to the PMO.

This is a very crucial stretch, given the number of projects coming up along the road. A UP government official said broadening of the road will improve the investment climate in the area as many information technology companies and BPOs want to set up their shops here. The real estate sector has welcomed the chief minister’s move.

This will also boost tourism as this is the most important stretch for commuters going to Corbett National Park and Nainital because of the huge residential development along the corridor.

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