Due to the upcoming Commonwealth Games, the work on a flyover and underpass project at the Golf Course crossing will start after the Games. The Games Time Trial cycling event will be held on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway on October 13.
“To prepare the cycling track, spectators and sportsmen enclosures and to set up watch towers, the Expressway traffic will be diverted. Traffic bound from Noida to Greater Noida will be diverted through the Sector 37 Golf Course crossing to Bhangel Dadri road. No construction is possible at the Golf Course crossing as it will lead to traffic jams. So work on the flyover and underpass project will start after Games,” said Ajay Sahdev, SP (Traffic).
“Further directions have been issued to speed up the work at the under-construction underpass at the Rajnigandha Crossing. Work was progressing very slowly at this site. The contractor has been told to make it operational before Games,” said Sahdev.
At Rajnigandha Crossing a two-way underpass with a total length of 660 metres is under construction. It will have six lanes. The total cost of the project is around Rs 38 crore. This underpass will ease the traffic coming from the DND Flyway.
As these two tracks are on a parallel route to the Metro Rail track, a flyover passage was not possible at these junctions, therefore, only an underground passage was being constructed. Its projected date of completion is October 2010.
At Golf Course Crossing, a two-way underpass and single-way flyover has been planned. The length of the underpass will be 600 metres and the flyover will be 750 metres. As the Metro rail track turns left at this crossing, only a three-lane single side flyover from Amity to Dadri road was possible.
Total project cost was Rs 47 crore in 2007 which has now risen to Rs 70 crore. “The contract has been awarded to NKG infrastructure. We will not waste three months. Meanwhile, we will start testing work which will take around two months and then after the Games work will begin in full swing,” said A.K. Goel, Senior Project Engineer.