The Ghaziabad traffic police has proposed to close 31 hazardous exits on NH-58 that cause traffic jams on the stretch passing through Ghaziabad. Permission has been sought from higher authorities for the same.
The illegal exits have come up over a period of time and are also used by pedestrians to cross the road. Officials have proposed to bridge the exits with cemented jersey barriers.
“Since altering the infrastructure is not financially feasible, we have proposed to bridge the exits with barriers. Also, we have proposed to widen the sides of the highway by nearly 100 metres. This will cost less and will help ease congested roads,” Rajesh Kumar, superintendent of police (traffic) at Ghaziabad, said.
Officials have identified eight traffic bottlenecks -- Nandgram exit, ALT crossing, Bhatta number 5, Murad Nagar bus stand, Surana exit at Modi Nagar, upper Ganga canal bridge at Murad Nagar, Modi Nagar crossing and Modi Nagar bus stand.
“We have bridged the first exit, at Nandgram near Meerut tri-junction, on Sunday. We will now bridge all exits till the border area with Meerut district. We have also requested Ghaziabad Development Authority to provide us with 1,000 barriers to bridge the exits. We have almost finished our own stock of barriers and have requisitioned 387 barriers from our budget,” Kumar said.
Officials said that the barriers cost `12,500 each. These have been used across the city to close illegal exits on major roads.
The first in the series was at the Mohan Nagar intersection, which was made signal-free. Later, officials bridged the exits at site-IV Industrial area and the heavily congested Bhopra crossing, near Delhi border. Another major intersection, at ABES on NH-24, was also streamlined with the help of barriers and two sides of the highway were also widened by GDA.