Ghaziabad: UP Gate crossing to be made signal-free for Delhi-Meerut Expressway project
UP Gate, a border point with Delhi, near Ghazipur, witnesses a large volume of traffic throughout the day. The DME project is being undertaken by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and a flyover is proposed to be constructed at UP Gate.Updated: May 08, 2017 11:02 IST
Those travelling among NCR cities and Delhi will face a major traffic bottleneck on NH-24 at the UP Gate due to ongoing construction of a flyover under the Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME) project. The Ghaziabad traffic police have announced a diversion and a signal-free plan to streamline movement on the one-kilometre stretch between Ghaziabad and Delhi.
UP Gate, a border point with Delhi, near Ghazipur, witnesses a large volume of traffic throughout the day. The DME project is being undertaken by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and a flyover is proposed to be constructed at UP Gate.
“Construction of the flyover will take nearly six months and the diversion will be in place till then. As the construction progresses, the traffic flow will get smoother,” RP Singh, project director, NHAI, said.
Under the diversion plan, the traffic moving from Dabur-Kaushambi towards NH-24 will have to take a new slip road (which is around 100 metres away) and move towards NH-24, where they will await police clearance to move on the highway. After getting on the highway, they can take a U-turn to proceed to Delhi.
Commuters coming from Moradabad, Ghaziabad and Noida will have to move left for around 100 metres before reaching the UP Gate and will be allowed to enter Delhi through a ground level route on the left side of the road, adjacent to the Ghazipur flyover.
Commuters moving towards Kaushambi will have to go straight and take the U-turn below the Ghazipur flyover, which is 200 metres away, and move back towards UP Gate, from where they can take a left turn towards Kaushambi and Dabur crossing.
The traffic police have advised commuters from Vaishali and Kaushambi to move towards Indirapuram using the Hindon Canal culverts, from where they can proceed to NH-24 by using a U-turn opposite Khoda Colony.
Those moving towards Noida and Mayur Vihar also have the option of using the Hindon Canal road, which runs parallel to Indirapuram.
“We have deployed nearly 10 traffic police personnel and a traffic sub-inspector to ensure that the diversion and the signal-free plan is followed. However, snarls are expected during the peak hour due to heavy movement of traffic and just two lanes each available on the either side of the highway. Apart from traffic personnel, the guards of the contracted company will also help in implementing the diversion plan,” said Rajesh Kumar, superintendent of police (traffic).
The first phase of the DME project, from Nizamuddin in Delhi towards UP Gate is already in progress while the second phase, from UP Gate to Dasna, has been allotted to a contractor. “Presently, surveys are being conducted. The ground level work on the second phase is expected to start within four months,” Singh said.