Ghaziabad development authority to open Vasundhara rail underpass in the first week of July
The underpass will pave the way for smooth movement of nearly 20,000 medium and light vehicles that move daily from NH-24, Indirapuram and Vasundhara towards GT Road, Ghaziabad city and onwards. The road was scheduled to be opened in April but was delayed for various reasons.noida Updated: Jun 26, 2017 23:06 IST
The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is likely to open the Vasundhara railway underpass — a two-lane road link under the Delhi-Ghaziabad railway section — in the first week of July. The work of blacktopping the connecting roads is presently underway on the Vasundhara side.
The underpass will pave the way for smooth movement of nearly 20,000 medium and light vehicles that move daily from NH-24, Indirapuram and Vasundhara towards GT Road, Ghaziabad city and onwards. The road was scheduled to be opened in April but was delayed for various reasons.
“The underpass is presently open on a trial basis as blacktop work is taking place on the other (old) road. Once it is complete, both roads will be opened and this will considerably reduce traffic snarls in the area. We expect to open the facility by the first week of July,” said Chakresh Jain, executive engineer, Ghaziabad Development Authority.
Before the new route was envisioned, commuters travelling from GT Road to Vasundhara faced heavy jams and snarls on the stretch as the two-lane (old) road was used by vehicles moving in opposite directions — towards and away from Ghaziabad city.
With the completion of the new road, commuters travelling from GT Road to Vasundhara and onwards will use the older road. Those coming from NH-24 and Vasundhara and moving towards GT Road will use the new two-lane underpass. The total project has been completed at a cost of Rs22 crore — Rs17 crore for the underpass and Rs5 crore for the signage and work on road repairs.
“The underpass will considerably reduce traffic burden. We are about to put up lights and the signage. The road plan of the underpass has been designed in such a manner that it forms a rotary and allows non-stop movement of traffic to Indirapuram, Vasundhara, GT Road and Vijay Nagar. The work will be completed soon. Once operational, the underpass will also reduce the burden on the busy Mohan Nagar intersection as well,” Jain said.
The underpass has come up below the under-construction Hindon elevated road, which will connect Raj Nagar Extension to UP Gate near the Delhi border.
To improve connectivity between the erstwhile NH-58 and NH-24, the authority also completed and opened a 3.58km Link Road, which was constructed at a cost of nearly Rs160 crore. The road is also used by commuters to move directly from GT Road to NH-24.