The six-lane Hindon elevated road, which is proposed to connect Raj Nagar Extension with UP Gate (Delhi-Ghaziabad border), is running four months behind schedule.
The officials said the scenario has developed due to a shortage in material and also due to the delay in shifting of electricity lines by the Railways.
The 10.3km road on an elevated section is being constructed at a cost of Rs1147.6 crore for which the authority has obtained a loan from the NCR Planning Board.
It is aimed to provide seamless connectivity for commuters to move to UP Gate from Ghaziabad. The project is presently under construction along the Hindon canal near Vasundhara and Vaishali.
“The delay is due to a shortage of material. Quarries in Uttarakhand have closed down and supply of stones and sand is hampered. As a result, we are focussing on construction of girders and segments with the material available. There has been a delay of nearly four months,” said Chakresh Jain, executive engineer, GDA.
“We will be able to finish the project by August-end, provided that the shifting of transmission lines is done in time by the Railways and supply of construction material is regularised. There may also be delay in case the UP bridge corporation starts work for the new flyover at Vasunhara, as it will hamper traffic near the construction site,” he added.
According to officials, the contract period for the elevated road was to end on April 29, but the pending issues have delayed the project by nearly four months.
As a result, thousands of commuters still battle snarls while using the small road below the Delhi-Ghaziabad railway section near Vasundhara for moving to Indirapuram and NH-24.
By the side of the existing small road, the authority had also planned an underpass, below the Delhi-Ghaziabad railway section. Although the underpass work is complete, a stretch of nearly 400 metre is yet to be constructed. The officials said the stretch was to be constructed by April, but that too was delayed by a month.
“The irrigation department will construct the pending road and has sought time till May. It was scheduled to be completed by April. We have planned a rotary for traffic with the help of the existing road and the new underpass road. Once complete, traffic coming from Vasundhara to GT Road will move through the new underpass while the traffic coming from GT Road towards Vasundhara will use the existing road,” Jain said.
The delay in the construction of the elevated road and the underpass has led to commuters facing daily snarls, especially during peak hours. The scenario has also burdened the Mohan Nagar crossing, which is now used by commuters to move to Vasundhara.
However, the GDA officials expect that once the underpass work is complete, the burden on Mohan Nagar crossing will ease.
The work on another underpass near Sahibabad railway station is nearing completion and will be used as a bypass by commuters, thereby bringing more relief to congested Mohan Nagar crossing.