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Noida authority to open Model Town underpass on August 15

The Noida authority on Tuesday said the Model Town underpass on NH-24 will be opened for motorists on August 15. Officials said that the authority has completed around 90% work on the underpass.

noida Updated: Jul 13, 2016 00:16 IST
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Officials say 90% of the work is completed.
Officials say 90% of the work is completed.(Sunil Ghosh/HT)

The Noida authority on Tuesday said the Model Town underpass on NH-24 will be opened for motorists on August 15. Officials said that the authority has completed around 90% work on the underpass.

The underpass is aimed at decongesting the busy intersection, which witnesses long snarls throughout the day. The estimated cost of the project is Rs112 crore.

The underpass is located between sectors 62 and 63, perpendicular to NH-24 near the Model Town police post. The authority had started work on this underpass in March 2014.

“Once the underpass is opened, it will streamline traffic movement and offer a smooth ride to thousands of commuters from Noida, Ghaziabad and Delhi. We will complete the remaining 10% work in the next month,” AK Goyal, chief project engineer of the Noida authority, said.

The authority has constructed four clover leaves —two on either side of the national highway— to avoid jams on NH-24. Vehicles coming from Delhi will enter Noida through a loop road, bypassing the highway. Also, after the construction of the underpass, vehicles going towards Indirapuram and Vasundhara will not have to use the highway. The plan is to have cloverleaf loops on all sides leading to and from the NH-24.

“We have completed work on the clover leaves and a rotary at the T-junction. Now we will do tarring of the road. We hope that rain will not disrupt our work and we will be able to complete it within the set time frame,” an official of the Noida authority said.

Once completed, the project will benefit over 100,000 commuters who use the stretch every day, officials said.

It will ease traffic congestion in Noida’s sector 62, 63 areas and Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram area.

“My office is in Sector 62 and I live in Shipra Sun City, Ghaziabad, which is two kilometres away. But in the absence of an underpass, it used to take 30-40 minutes to get to the other side. It is difficult to cross NH-24 due to unruly traffic. I hope the underpass will ease traffic congestion and we will get relief from long snarls,” Manish Soni, a daily commuter, said.