A dispute between farmers and the Noida authority over a stretch of land in Sector 118 has delayed the opening of a bridge between Noida and Greater Noida, across the Hindon river.
There is a legal dispute over the stretch of land, which was to be used for constructing an approach road to the bridge. The Noida and Greater Noida authorities built a new bridge across Hindon river between Greater Noida’s Sector 1 and Noida’s Sector 118.
Work on this bridge was started in October 2014 and was completed in March 2016.
The bridge is 28 metres wide and will provide additional connectivity to residents of Noida’s sectors 118, 119, 120, 122, 121 and villages such as Sorkha. In Greater Noida west, where 3.5 lakh flats are being built, this bridge will provide an easy access to Noida.
“This bridge is of no use because the approach road in Noida is yet to be built. We discussed the issue with the Noida authority so that it can be expedited,” Rajiv Tyagi, general manager of the Greater Noida authority, said.
The two authorities have spent `52 crore on the construction of this bridge.
“The land, where an approach road of around 1 km is to be built, belongs to farmers. They have filed a case in Allahabad high court refusing to part with the land but we are trying to solve this issue amicably and use the land to build an approach road. We hope we will solve the dispute soon and build the road, as it is important to improve connectivity between Noida and Greater Noida,” SC Gaur, chief architect and town planner of the Noida authority, said.
Noida and Greater Noida authorities had signed an agreement with Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation Limited, which built the bridge, and each authority contributed 50% of the funds.
The bridge would also benefit commuters from Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Delhi, who have to face traffic snarls during the rush hour on the Noida expressway, Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera (DSC) and Noida Extension road.