Rajya Sabha member of Parliament (MP) and Samajwadi Party general secretary Ramgopal Yadav will inaugurate at 4 pm on Wdnesday and lay the foundation stone of 39 projects of Ghaziabad Development Authority’s (GDA) valued at Rs 1,260 crore.
Sources said that the programme has been planned ahead of the upcoming assembly elections, for which the election code of conduct would be announced soon.
The foundation stone will be laid for 14 projects that will include two flyovers in Vasundhara, Raj Nagar Extension and Hapur Chungi, road widening near Hindon air base, Bunkar Mart for weavers at Madhuban Bapudham and construction of housing under Samajwadi Avas Yojna scheme. The projects are expected to cost Rs 683 crore.
The projects to be inaugurated are estimated around Rs 576.4 crore. However, the two major projects of the 9.41km Metro link to Ghaziabad bus stand and the 10.3km Hindon elevated road do not feature in the list.
“The two projects are already in an advanced stage of construction and it will not be feasible to inaugurate or lay foundation stone,” Vijay Kumar Yadav, vice-chairman of GDA, said.
The major projects to be inaugurated include NH-24 to NH-58 Link Road, 56 MLD capacity sewage treatment plant at Madhuban Bapudham, multilevel parking facility at Vaishali, 60km cycle track across the city and the city forest.
A number of these projects are already operational and in use. The move is seen as a step taken by the government to highlight its achievements before the assembly polls are announced.
However, the authority is facing fund crunch and is yet to arrange funds from other stakeholders of the 9.41km Metro link. The authority also has to bear a cost of nearly Rs 800 crore, which is to be paid to farmers for the land under the Madhuban Bapudham housing scheme. The Supreme Court had recently ordered the authority to pay to the farmers who had challenged the 2004 land acquisition, under the provisions of the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation & Resettlement Act, 2013.
“The provisions for the amount will be made in due course of time. The funding pattern for the Metro is still pending at the state government level. We have already paid for the elevated road and also procured a loan from NCR Planning Board. For the rest of the projects, the provision is already made from the infrastructure development funds,” Yadav said.
The funds’ sharing proposal is pending at the state government level for over a year. The GDA has already paid a majority of its share but is yet to receive funds from the municipal corporation, Avas Vikas Parishad and UP State Industrial Development Corporation.