The Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority (YEIDA) has decided to construct ramps near two congested stretches on the highway. The move is aimed at streamlining traffic on the six-lane 165-km-long expressway.
The authority will construct a ramp for exit and entry at Jewar, located 36 km from the zero point of the Yamuna Expressway that connects Greater Noida with Agra. Another ramp will be built at Mathura’s Bajna, located around 100 km from Greater Noida.
The decision to construct the ramps was taken by the authority at its board meeting on Thursday. Commuters as well as local farmers had been demanding decongestion of the two stretches for quite some time now.
In the absence of ramps, motorists not only have to travel more but also face congestions.
“The two ramps will address the problem of congestion that motorists face at these two points on the Yamuna Expressway. Using the ramp proposed at Jewar, commuters will exit and enter the expressway easily. Similarly, motorists coming from Agra and going towards Delhi will be able to use the proposed ramp at Bajna,” said Arun Vir Singh, chief executive officer (CEO) of the YEIDA.
Last month, farmers from many villages, including Jewar, blocked traffic on the expressway, demanding construction of the ramp. The ended the protest only after the YEIDA promised to construct the ramp.
“According to the procedure, we will hire a private agency and construct two ramps very soon. This will benefit the motorists a lot,” said the CEO.
According to motorists who use the expressway regularly, in the absence of ramp at Jewar, they have to travel 70 km extra and also pay an additional toll.
“Jewar is a big town and thousands of commuters coming from Agra to Jewar and vice-versa have to travel to Greater Noida to take a U-turn towards Jewar. But if a ramp is constructed, commuters will exit towards Jewar without travelling to Greater Noida. Also, now if motorists from Jewar want to go to Agra, they have to come to the other side. This causes congestion on the expressway,” said Amit Kaushik, a resident of Jewar.
Using the ramp, a commuter will directly enter the Yamuna Expressway without going to the other side.