The Noida authority on Tuesday said that it has completed construction of nine ambitious infrastructure projects.
It is busy giving final touches to some of the projects so that eight of these can be opened for public use by October-end. The City Centre underpass was opened in 2015. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is expected to inaugurate these projects through a video conference from Lucknow. On April 2, 2013, the CM had laid the foundation stone for these projects from Lucknow.
The CM had repeatedly instructed authority officials to complete these projects before the 2017 assembly elections because he wanted to brand his governance as pro-development, officials said. Successive chief secretaries and chairman of Noida authority continuously reviewed the progress of these projects to ensure that these were completed on time, officials said.
“Some of the projects such as the Girls College and the City Centre underpass are already completed. I have instructed officials to complete the remaining projects, including the Model Town T-point underpass at NH-24 and redevelopment of the Noida Stadium, before October 30,” Pramod Kumar Aggarwal, chief executive officer of the Noida authority, said.
The underpass at Model Town at NH-24 and the elevated road are aimed at decongesting the city’s busy roads. Commuters have been facing longer traffic snarls due to the construction of the underpasses, elevated road and Noida stadium.
Work on the elevated road was started on October 14, 2014 but the authority has completed only half the project. The elevated road project is being built at an estimated cost of Rs. 415 crore on Master Plan-2 Road, which is one of the busiest roads in the city, officials said.
“Since the construction on the (elevated road) project was started, city’s traffic is in a complete mess. Travelling in sectors 30, 27, 31, 24, 33, 51, 58 and 61 has become very difficult due to long snarls.It will continue to trouble residents and motorists because the authority has completed only half of the project,” Guddu Chauhan of Sector 31 said.
Expansion of the Noida cricket ground was slated to be completed by 2015 but has missed multiple deadlines.
“For the last four years, the Noida authority is busy constructing a cricket stadium to seat 25,000 people. But I do not understand why it has not completed this project on time. I hope it will open the stadium for public on October 30, giving relief to those who visit it daily for a morning walk and physical exercise. It is an unpleasant experience to go for a jog while construction is ongoing,” Neeraj Kumar of Sector 12 said.
Officials said that these projects will immensely benefit commuters and the residents. “We opened the City Centre underpass in 2015 as this project was completed before schedule. The project has addressed traffic congestion at this crossing. Once opened, the Model Town T-point underpass will also ease traffic congestion and benefit commuters travelling between Noida, Ghaziabad and Delhi,” Hom Singh Yadav, chief engineer of the Noida authority, said.