The Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh on Wednesday conducted an inspection and directed engineers to expedite work on the 135-km Eastern Peripheral Expressway, which is meant to
decongest roads of the national capital.
A 22km stretch of the expressway falls in Gautam Budh Nagar.
The expressway, which will be like a ring road, will pass through Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and parts of Delhi and is likely to take at least 70,000-80,000 vehicles off Delhi roads. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) needed land from 39 villages in Gautam Budh Nagar for the expressway, which was first proposed in 2005.
NHAI officials have set October, 2017, as the deadline for completion of the expressway.
“We conducted an inspection at five construction sites on the 22km under-construction stretch in Gautam Budh Nagar. I decided to carry out the inspection because we wanted to understand how we can expedite work and finish the project within the deadline. We spent around two to three hours at the construction sites and instructed the team to expedite work in order to be able to meet the deadline,” said Singh, district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar.
NHAI has roped in Ashoka Buildcon Limited for constructing the 22km stretch in Gautam Budh Nagar and a budget of Rs 800 crore has been allocated for the stretch.
A small section of farmers, however, have opposed the road construction alleging that they were unhappy with the land compensation given to them by the government.
A group of farmers are also sitting on a dharna at a construction site near Bil Akbarpur on NH-91 in order to demand more compensation for their lands. “I did not meet the farmers today. But, we will address all issues that pose hurdles to the expressway project before its completion. I also convened a meeting with National Highways Authority of India officials and reviewed the progress,” said Singh.
Officials said Singh was accompanied by Gautam Budh Nagar SSP Love Kumar during Wednesday’s inspection and visited villages like Fatehpur Atta, Bela Kala, Murshadpur and Jaganpura. “I have asked the NHAI and district officials to work in coordination with the farmers so that their issues are settled properly,” said Singh.