Three flyovers nearing completion, four more are being commissioned and 18 are in the planning stage. The Noida authority, it seems, is keen on giving Delhi a tough fight.
The flyover at Film City was thrown open to traffic on Monday and once the Amity crossing flyover is opened by March-end, it will be a signal-free ride from DND flyway to Greater Noida. The Noida authority is also in the process of commissioning four more flyovers and underpasses and are planning to construct another 18.
The three flyovers at Film City, Amity Crossing and Sector 82 on the expressway have a somewhat chequered history. These projects started in March 2003 during the previous tenure of Mayawati. Later, with a change of guard, work was halted on September 22, 2003 by then Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. After several inquiries and reports that termed the flyovers too costly, the administration commenced work as the MoUs signed with the contractors were irrevocable. Work on these flyovers started again in March 2006 and the due date of completion was September 2007.
Present status of flyovers
Sector 82 Built at a total cost of Rs 83.62 crore, the 450-metre flyover has two carriageways of three lanes each. Work on the flyover is almost complete and only complementary parts like the slip road remains to be done. Vehicles have been plying on a trial basis for the last few months. Due to a dispute with the contractor over estimates and designs, the Noida chief executive officer has asked the senior project engineer to get the pending work done by the authority itself so that it can be officially inaugurated soon.
A bridge over the drain for a slip road joining to the expressway is yet to be constructed. Sector 93A, Sector 82 and sector 135 and some villages have been using the flyover even though a patch of the road is still to be completed.
Film City Final touches are being given to the flyover. Work on the Rs 39-crore project started in 2003. Work here too was stalled and started again in 2006. "From Monday, it was been opened to public," said LK Gupta, Senior Project Engineer. Officials said all three flyovers would be officially inaugurated after the Amity flyover is done with.
Amity Crossing The total project cost of the 375-metre flyover is Rs 66.70 crore. Work in the straight portion from Sector 37 to the Kalindi Kunj end is almost complete and is expected to be opened for vehicles in a fortnight. The four clover leaves will, however, take another two months to complete. Traffic from Sector 37 to Film City area and from Kalindi Kunj towards the expressway end need clover leaves.
4 underpasses and flyover
The authority has planned four more underpasses and flyovers. Work at two places -- one at Atta and another at sector 14A -- has started.
The side service roads are being constructed for the smooth flow of traffic. The contracts for the other two sites at Sector 37 crossing and Rajni Gandha crossing will be awarded soon.
SECTOR 14 A T-JUNCTION A six-lane trumpet-type two-way flyover has been planned at this junction. The total length of the flyover will be 780 metres and its estimated cost is Rs 23 crore. With two flyovers at Film City and Amity Crossing, the travel from Delhi's Mayur Vihar-end to Greater Noida would become signal free from this T crossing. Presently, one gets stuck at the Sector 14 A, Film City and Amity crossings. Work has started on this project.
ATTA CROSSING A six-lane, two-way underpass has been planned. The length of the passage will be 585 metres and its estimated cost Rs. 28 crore. Work on developing the service lanes has begun.
RAJNIGANDHA CROSSING A two-way, 660-metre underpass has been planned here. It will have six lanes and its total cost will be around Rs.30 crore. This underpass is expected to ease traffic coming from the DND Flyway side. As the Atta and Rajnigandha crossings run parallel to the Metro Rail track, flyovers were not possible at these junctions.
GOLF COURSE (sector 37) CROSSING A two-way underpass and a single-way flyover has been planned. The underpass will be 600 metres long and the flyover 750 meters. The total project cost is around Rs 43 crore -- Rs.29 crore for the passage and Rs.14 crore for the flyover.