Ghaziabad authority resumes work on grade separator over GT Road
The grade separator, a flyover, is being constructed to provide a smooth passage to those using the newly constructed NH-24 to NH-58 Link Road in Ghaziabad.noida Updated: May 23, 2017 12:18 IST
The Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) has resumed the work on a grade separator over GT Road in Ghaziabad. The work was put on hold for six months due to pending clearance for felling 61 trees.
The grade separator, a flyover, is being constructed to provide a smooth passage to those using the newly constructed NH-24 to NH-58 Link Road. As per the plan, such commuters will move below the flyover while those moving from Ghaziabad towards Hindon bridge will use the grid separator. This will provide seamless passage on both routes, officials said.
It will streamline movement on GT Road near the Meerut Crossing, and also avoid clashes with the traffic approaching from the newly constructed NH-24 to NH-58 Link Road.
Officials said that they have now resumed work on the 432-metre flyover and expect it to be ready by the end of July. According to officials, a 150-metre stretch of the flyover is pending due to the clearances.
BP Singh, the district forest officer, said, “We have removed a total of 61 trees from the stretch after issuing the clearance. GDA has started work at the site.”
“The clearance for felling trees was received and necessary action taken by the forest department. We also paid an amount for compensatory afforestation. The work on the descending side of the flyover was pending due to the (clearance for felling) trees. We have resumed work now,” said Sushil Dwivedi, chief engineer, GDA.
“We expect the work to be completed within two months. However, closure of hot mix plants (following an order by the National Green Tribunal) and delay in procurement of construction material may hamper work. Since monsoon is also fast approaching, the work may be delayed. We expect the facility to be operational by August,” Dwivedi said.
The project involves the construction of three lanes for traffic movement from the city towards river Hindon on GT Road. The project is pegged at Rs17.5 crore.
To move from the Link Road towards the erstwhile NH-58, commuters will have to take a U-turn on GT Road, which is around 100 metres further, to proceed towards Meerut and Uttarakhand.