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Ghaziabad: Rail overbridge construction delays Hindon elevated road

The elevated road connecting Raj Nagar Extension to UP Gate has been delayed by around six months

noida Updated: Jun 21, 2017 23:10 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times/Ghaziabad
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The Delhi-Ghaziabad railway line divides the elevated road in two near Vasundhara.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The construction of the 10.3km Hindon elevated road, which will connect Raj Nagar Extension to UP Gate (near Delhi-Ghaziabad border), is running behind schedule by nearly six months. The officials of Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) said they are awaiting a nod from the Railways to construct the overbridge over the railway section near Vasundhara.

The elevated road is designed on single pillars along the river Hindon canal and will improve traffic connectivity between Ghaziabad and UP Gate.

The Delhi-Ghaziabad railway section divides the elevated road, pegged at Rs1,147.6 crore, into two.

The authority said it has sent a revised proposal to the Railways in April and is still awaiting a nod for beginning the construction of the 75-metre overbridge to join the two parts.

“The project completion date was April 29 this year. Once the Railways approves the overbridge construction, it will take another four months to complete the elevated corridor. So far, 90% of the work is complete,” said Chakresh Jain, executive engineer, GDA.

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For construction of the bridge, we will also need to block traffic as the railway section sees the movement of a number of trains,” he said.

Apart from the clearance for the overbridge, the project faces another hurdle — the shifting of a high-capacity electricity tower in Vasundhara. The work on the installation of a new tower is already under progress. The tower connects Dadri transmission line to the Railway’s Sahibabad substation.

“Since the transmission line will be shifted to the new tower, one that is taller, a supply shutdown will be needed. The line obstructs the road construction at pillar number 133-134. Our mechanical launcher is right now working at pillar number 140-141 for placing spans. It will reach pillar 133-134 within 20 days. So the line has to be shifted to the new tower at the earliest. Otherwise, the elevated road will face a further delay,” Jain said.

At present, the authority has erected all 227 pillars for the road and placed 214 of the 226 large concrete spans to join the road.

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The authority has planned to replace sodium lights with new energy-efficient LED lights on poles to be erected on the elevated road.

The nearly 300 LED lights will be placed below the poles to brighten up the road running below the elevated section of the road. According to officials, the new LED lights will save nearly Rs22 lakh per month.

First Published: Jun 21, 2017 23:10 IST