Thousands of vehicles caught everyday on snarl-ridden stretches within Noida and on roads leading to Delhi may just see some change in status quo. The Noida authority has now begun construction and widening of bridges at 10 points across two important drains in the city.
The project will cost R120 crore. Out of this, the authority will spend R90 crore for the construction of five bridges across the Shahadra drain to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
The affected sites include Bhangel, Sector 14A to Golchakkar, Film City to Sector 18, Sector 95 Noida Park Road and Kalindi Kunj.
Chief project engineer Santram said: “We’re constructing five new bridges on the irrigation drain. Work on these five points will be completed in three months.”
Locations of new bridges in sectors 49, 79, 85, 142 and 135 have been identified. “Over a period of time, roads were widened. But these stretches have remained too narrow, throwing vehicular traffic completely out of gear,” said an official.
Shahadra and Irrigation are the two major drains that pass through the city. Both carry wastewater from Delhi. Noida does not have any outlet in Shahadra drain. All sub-drains flow into the Irrigation drain.
Meanwhile, the new bridges will have eight lanes and existing bridges will continue to be operational.
The authority has separate plans for makeover of drains too. “We are going for ‘openable’ covers. Catch basins and cleaning chambers will be constructed to screen out solid waste and trap silt,” said project engineer Samakant Srivastav.