Ghaziabad: Ancillary traffic plan for elevated road to be ready by March-end

The GDA officials said they will open the elevated road as soon as it gets the environment nod

noida Updated: Feb 12, 2018 22:55 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
The pipelines that are hindering the rotary work in Vasundhara will be shifted in a week.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The ancillary work on streamlining the traffic for the Hindon elevated road in Vasundhara and Raj Nagar Extension is likely to be done by the end of March. The Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) officials said they will open the elevated road as soon as it gets the environment clearance and not wait till March-end.

The officials of the Ghaziabad development authority said the updated environment impact assessment, as directed by the Ministry of environment, forest & climate change, will be sent soon to the state-level impact assessment authority (SEIAA).

“Once we get the environment clearance, the elevated road will be opened to commuters. We are expecting that for the initial two months, issues pertaining to traffic movement will persist but they will be streamlined thereafter. We are expediting the road-widening work and construction of U-turns at Raj Nagar Extension (RNE) crossing,” Ritu Maheshwari, vice-chairperson, GDA, said.

“However, the removal of poles and laying the electricity cables underground will take time. The intersection will be streamlined by March,” she said.

The RNE intersection is a major four-way crossing on the erstwhile NH-58 and it will allow a majority of commuters to take the Hindon elevated road. To remove traffic hurdles, the authority has planned two U-turns on the both ends of a 750-metre stretch and the U-turns will bridge the intersection.

As a result, the traffic from the four directions will take U-turns to move to RNE, Meerut, Delhi and Ghaziabad city.

The other major work of a four-lane traffic rotary at Vasundhara has been expedited. Maheshwari said the shifting of pipelines, posing hindrance to the rotary work in Vasundhara, will be completed within the week.

Under the rotary plan, the present four-lane bridge on the CISF Road will be used for movement of traffic from Vasundhara towards Indirapuram and NH-24. Likewise, a new four-lane bridge is being constructed on the Hindon canal which will cater to commuters coming from NH-24 and Indirapuram.

The two ramps of the elevated road will also open up once the elevated road commences operations. One ramp is for traffic from Vasundhara towards RNE while the other will be for traffic from RNE towards Vasundhara.

“The opening of the elevated road will create a mess on the CISF Road as the rotary plan has been delayed. It should have been completed well before the opening of the elevated road. There are nearly 30-40 high-rises which are located along the CISF Road. There will be major traffic bottlenecks as commuters from Noida, NH-24, Indirapuram and Vasundhara use the CISF Road,” Alok Kumar, president of federation of association of apartment owners, said.

“It will be advisable not to open the two ramps from Vasundhara till the new bridge is constructed. We will speak to the vice-chairperson about these issues,” he said.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 22:55 IST