The Railways will soon start the work to join the two sections of NH-24-NH-58 link road over the Delhi-Howrah section near Ghaziabad. The 3.65-km elevated link road, which will connect the two major highway stretches in Ghaziabad, is complete on both sides-- Vijay Nagar and Meerut Crossing.
Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) officials said that the project is likely to get completed by July.
“The Railways has provided paraphernalia at the site and the work for connecting the two sections will start soon. To join the two sections, the Railways will make a 55-metre section over tracks without any pillars in between.
This is for the first time that such a project is being carried out without constructing pillars,” said Vijay Kumar Yadav, GDA vice-chairman.
The project, estimated to cost around Rs140 crore, will provide direct connectivity to commuters travelling from NH-58 towards Greater Noida, Noida, NH-24 and Indirapuram.
It was in the GDA Master Plan, prepared in 2005, that a 75-foot wide six-lane road (around 3.65km from Meerut Crossing to Vijay Nagar) was proposed to connect the two major highways passing through the city. But the project was delayed because of which residents of the city and those travelling to Delhi from western Uttar Pradesh have to face chaos.
The project is part of the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT) scheme of the Central government.
Further, to improve traffic congestion, the authority has also tasked the Uttar Pradesh state bridge corporation to construct two flyovers— at the busy Raj Nagar Extension crossing on NH-58 and at Link Road on the Vasundhara intersection.
“The projects will get completed in one year. The bridge corporation has drawn up the designs and have also started the work with soil testing,” said Yadav.
Officials from the GDA’s engineering department said both the flyovers will have six lanes, three on each side, and will be more than 400 metre long. The cost of constructing each of these flyovers will be around Rs 45 crore, including the cost of utility shifting.