The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has decided to rope in private players to execute the proposed traffic decongestion plan — in public-private-partnership model — for National Highways 24, 58 and other roads in the city.
Santosh Kumar Yadav, vice-chairman, GDA, told HT: “A meeting was held this week with private developers from Ghaziabad who agreed to fund the plan. However, the modalities of the plan are yet to be finalised.”
According to the GDA officials, the plan will be implemented in two months. It is expected that thousands of commuters who use the national highways will be benefited.
“The plan will also be beneficial to the people who will move into their houses in the upcoming housing projects along the highways. It would help increase the sale of houses,” said Yadav.
Over the past two months, GDA officials held several meetings with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) officials. The NHAI officials gave their ‘in principle approval’ for the construction of three new underpasses on the NH-24.
The authorities propose to restructure the NH-58 stretch — from Meerut-crossing (near new bus stand) to ALT-cut —and close down illegal cuts to allow free flow of traffic. It is estimated that NH-28 work would require about R10 crore while NH-58 would cost R3 crore. Local developers will fund the projects. Two-lane service roads would also be constructed at six T-junctions at Atma Steels, ABES College, Vijay Nagar, Pratap Vihar, Chijarsi cut and Kala Patthar.