The 3.65km under construction NH-24 to NH-58 Link Road is likely to be opened in November. Officials of the Ghaziabad development authority said that the work on the Delhi-Ghaziabad railway section for the project is in an advanced stage and on schedule.
The six-lane Link Road will provide direct connectivity to commuters moving towards NH-24, Noida and Delhi. The project is estimated at Rs138 crore.
The Link Road project, announced in 2005, is being constructed under the urban infrastructure development scheme for small and medium towns (UIDSSMT) scheme of the Central government.
“The construction work by railways is complete on one side of the railway tracks and is in progress on the other, on schedule. It is a vital infrastructure project and we will open it by November. The road will reduce the distance between NH-24 and NH-58. Commuters can save around 20-30 minutes as they will not have to use an alternative route to move between the highways,” AK Gupta, chief engineer of GDA, said.
However, even if the Link Road gets operational in November, commuters will have to take diversions to move towards Meerut, due to a pending 500-metre grade separator at the Meerut crossing. As per the plan, traffic from NH-24 was to move towards Meerut below the grade separator.
“Since the grade separator is pending, the traffic from NH-24 will have to take a diversion as the road will be obstructed due to traffic from Ghaziabad. We have decided that heavy and light vehicles from NH-24 will take two different U-turns on the GT Road to move towards Meerut. The arrangement will be in place till the grade separator is complete,” Gupta said.
Under the U-turn plan, the GDA has proposed a U-turn near Sai Upvan, around 200 metres from the descending point of the Link Road, for light vehicles. A barrier will be placed to ensure that heavy vehicles cannot move through. The U-turn for heavy vehicles is proposed 1.5km away, near the Haj House.