Clearance for Hindon elevated road refused, Ghaziabad agency asked to approach state agency
The 10.3km elevated road, to connect Raj Nagar Extension to UP-Gate near Delhi border, is ready and needs a green nod to commence operations.Updated: Feb 06, 2018 23:10 IST
The Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC) refused to give the environment clearance for the much-awaited Hindon elevated road project.
The 10.3km elevated road, to connect Raj Nagar Extension to UP-Gate near Delhi border, is ready and needs a green nod to commence operations.
The officials of the Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) said they have been asked by MoEFCC to approach the state environment impact assessment authority (SEIAA) for the final clearance.
The elevated road was embroiled in a legal tangle before the National Green Tribunal as a Ghaziabad resident, Sushil Raghav, had filed a petition before it.
“The MoEFCC has disposed of the environment impact assessment (EIA) report we filed. They have suggested some changes and we will incorporate these and submit it to the SEIAA for a final clearance,” said Ritu Maheshwari, vice-chairperson, GDA.
“But at the same time, the project needs to be readied for the EIA and it should address the adverse impact on environment, ecology and biodiversity, particularly the bird sanctuary and the water bodies around the project site. There should be a proper environmental management plan to address the above issues, as per the orders of NGT,” the MoEFCC observed.
Since the clearance is pending, the elevated road will not be opened to traffic even though it was completed in January. The project was constructed at a cost of Rs 1,147 crore and was funded by the GDA through its own resources and a loan of Rs 700 crore from the NCR Planning Board.
While decks cleared for making the elevated road project operational, the incomplete rotary at Vasundhara is a major issue.
The rotary was proposed at a cost of Rs 13 crore and is being constructed by the UP irrigation department. At present, the CISF Road has four lanes for two-way traffic between NH-24 and Vasundhara. The rotary project is aimed to cater to thousands of commuters of Indirapuram, Vaishali, Vasundhara and also those going towards Ghaziabad city and Sahibabad.
The officials said the area will witness a huge traffic movement once the elevated roads is opened. The two entry/exit points for the full length of the elevated road are in Vasundhara.
“The traffic will ascend and descend from the elevated road in Vasundhara, hence, commuters on the CISF Road will face major snarls. The rotary is still incomplete even though we have provided nearly Rs 12 crore for the project so far. The irrigation department said it will construct the rotary as it is being built on a canal,” said VN Singh, chief engineer, GDA.
“The problem with the CISF Road rotary is that a major water pipeline is obstructing the project and that needs to be shifted before the rotary is built. This has already been communicated to the respective agencies in writing and during meetings. However, the pipeline still there,” said KP Singh, executive engineer, UP irrigation department , Okhla.
He said if the pipeline is shifted immediately, it would take another two months to complete the rotary. Else, the rotary will be delayed further and there won’t be any end to the chaos on CISF Road.