Take a pause if you are waiting for the opening of the Yamuna Expressway to enjoy signal-free rides between Delhi and Agra. The 165-km stretch between Greater Noida and Agra is expected to be the preferred route for regular commuters and tourists who at present have the only option of National Highway 2.
But according to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), the new route will not be able to decongest the highway until facilities such as fuel refill stations, vehicle service stations and restaurants are provided for the commuters.
“If commuters do not get roadside facilities, they will not opt for the expressway,” NHAI general manager HN Mallick told HT.
Besides, commuters will also be concerned about their safety. “If the sense of safety is not inculcated among the commuters, they will avoid the expressway,” Mallick said.
The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), however, said commuters will get all the required facilities before the opening of the new route.
"We have directed the developer to provide petrol pumps and other infrastructure before opening the expressway," said PC Gupta, deputy chief executive officer, YEIDA.
The expressway which was initially planned till Agra border is almost ready. But at present, tourists will have to take a link road after reaching the city. Now, YEIDA has asked developer Jaypee Infratech to connect it to the Taj Mahal for the tourists’ convenience.
Gupta said a team of experts is inspecting the expressway and deficiencies pointed out by it will be rectified and only then the state government gives its approval for opening the route.
Experts also suggest that better amenities and reasonable toll charges will encourage motorists to use the route. “Commuters expect better facilities on toll . Moreover, rates should be reasonable," said, Dinesh Jain, representative, Noida Management Association.