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Resurfacing Noida roads: too little, a year too late?

india Updated: Sep 29, 2011 01:22 IST
Darpan Singh
Darpan Singh
Hindustan Times
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About a year ago, IIT Roorkee studied four key roads in Noida — three Master Plans (MP) roads (connecting Delhi and Noida) and Udyog Marg. Findings on their poor quality and future vehicular pressure shocked everyone.

The IIT report had said that the general thickness was much less than required. Experts suggested that the authority construct seven-tier roads (like in Delhi) instead of the existing five-tier ones, and that mere resurfacing will not do. The deadline to set things right was March 2011. Yet, nothing has been done to honour the IIT report, on which the authority spent a whopping Rs 60lakh.

The authority has started resurfacing these links now. “There is a culture of routine maintenance. We don’t sanction problem-specific budgets,” said an official. These roads had been repaired five years ago.

“There’s a limit to which we can repair these stretches. We’re building elevated roads on several links, including MP I and MP II. Since MP III has a Metro link, we’re building underpasses there. Detailed project reports (DPRs) are ready,” said an official.

Master Plan (MP) Road-I connects DND Flyway near Rajnigandha underpass to sector 12-22 T point. MP Road-II is an equally busy stretch. MP Road III is expected to bear a load of 50crore tonnes in the next 10 years. Udyog Marg is the oldest road and is weighed down by about 40,000 vehicles everyday.