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Traffic to be diverted to NH-24 for easy passage of Kanwariyas through Ghaziabad

The erstwhile NH-58 will be shut for heavy motor vehicles and those moving from Delhi and Ghaziabad to Meerut will be diverted to the NH-24. Light motor vehicles will be allowed on one side till July 17, officials said.

noida Updated: Jul 11, 2017 22:24 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
A majority of the vehicles will be diverted to the NH-24, which has just four lanes and is in the process of being widened, under the Delhi-Meerut Expressway project.
A majority of the vehicles will be diverted to the NH-24, which has just four lanes and is in the process of being widened, under the Delhi-Meerut Expressway project.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

In view of the annual Kanwar yatra, Ghaziabad authorities have prepared a traffic diversion plan that will be put into effect from July 13 to July 21.

The erstwhile NH-58 will be shut for heavy motor vehicles and those moving from Delhi and Ghaziabad to Meerut will be diverted to the NH-24. Light motor vehicles will be allowed on one side till July 17, officials said.

“Vehicles will use the UP Gate-Vijay Nagar route on NH-24 to move to Meerut and beyond. From July 13 to the morning (8am) of July 17, light motor vehicles such as cars and two-wheelers will use only one single side of the road to travel to Meerut and vice-versa. After the morning of July 17, all vehicles will be barred on NH-58. We may allow emergency vehicles such as fire tenders and ambulances though,” said AK Maurya, superintendent of police (rural).

As a result of the diversion, a majority of the vehicles will be diverted to the NH-24, which has just four lanes and is in the process of being widened, under the Delhi-Meerut Expressway project.

Officials said that heavy vehicles on NH-24 will not be allowed to move to major roads of Indirapuram, Vaishali or neighbouring areas.

In a minor alteration to last year’s plan, officials have also decided to divert vehicles near the proposed Kailash Mansarovar pilgrim centre on GT Road, where a Kanwar camp will be set up. For the purpose, a U-turn is being created on GT Road near river Hindon.

The traffic from Ghaziabad to Mohan Nagar will use the U-turn and proceed to Raj Nagar Extension, Karhera and onwards to Mohan Nagar. This is done to avoid any inconvenience and disruption to devotees who will make use of the GT Road on their way from Haridwar, officials said.

During the Kanwar yatra, devotees of Hindu god Shiva travel to Haridwar carrying Ganga water on their shoulders. The faithful, while making the trip, also have to ensure that they do not spill the water.

“We have also made arrangements for Ganga water at all police stations. We will provide devotees with the holy water if there is spillage or any other problem. There is also a strict monitoring of food that is prepared and served (free to pilgrims) by associations and private persons. The applications for such camps is being scrutinised before they are finalised,” Maurya said.

Apart from returning on foot, groups of Kanwariyas also travel in trucks and mini trucks, which are provided non-stop passage on roads by traffic police.

To avoid any accidents, the traffic police have temporarily bridged 31 illegal exits from Meerut crossing to ALT crossing, 27 exits from Duhai to Murad Nagar and 38 exits from Murad Nagar to Modi Nagar on the NH-58.