Noida authority to widen all underpasses along expressway
The Noida authority has decided to widen all small underpasses along the 25-kilometre Noida-Greater Noida Expressway to offer a smoother ride to motorists travelling on both sides of the service lanes.
The authority will have to widen these narrow underpasses because motorists face perennial traffic congestion while crossing to the other side.
“The Noida authority needs to widen all underpasses that are located on Noida-Greater Noida Expressway to reduce congestion, which is a daily problem for motorists. We will widen these underpasses in a phased manner because widening all underpasses at one go will create inconvenience to commuters. Also, it requires a large fund. The authority has already given its nod for widening an underpass between sectors 126 and 44,” Sandeep Chandra, chief engineer of the Noida authority, said.
In September 2013, the authority had appointed a consultant to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for widening underpasses and a consultant had on May 7, 2014, prepared a DPR for widening five underpasses to reduce traffic congestion on the expressway. However, due to a funds crunch, the work could not be started on the site. After a three-year delay, the authority on January 24 started work on one of the underpasses.
“We will widen or build new underpass only at points where commuters are facing huge problems. For example, motorists face inconveniences at the three-metre-wide underpass between sectors 44 and 126. Therefore, we have decided to widen this first and take up other underpasses later,” Chandra said.
The expressway, which has become an accident-prone stretch, witnesses congestion daily, especially during the peak hour, as several IT firms, BPOs, MNCs, schools, colleges and other offices are located along this high-speed link between Delhi and Greater Noida.
A survey in 2014 had suggested that there should be five new underpasses built along the expressway to decongest this road. Officials said that around 1 lakh commuters use this link daily, as it connects Delhi with Agra via the 165km Yamuna Expressway.
As per the survey, the new underpasses were supposed to be 10.5 metres wide so that commuters going to sectors 125, 126, 127, 96, 97, 135, 168, 137, 150 and 151, among others, including dozens of villages, can travel smoothly without facing traffic on the expressway.
“Five new wide underpasses will offer relief to Noida-bound commuters as well as those who use the expressway from Delhi to Greater Noida or Agra, via Yamuna Expressway. The authority should expedite work on the widening project because commuters have to waste time due to jams,” Karan Gulati, a commuter, who travels from Delhi to his office in Sector 126, said.
There are a total of nine underpasses along the expressway, but five of them are so narrow that only one car can pass through it at a go, officials said.
The first 3 meters wide small underpasses are located at a distance of 3.1 km from Mahamaya Flyover near Kalindi Kunj
Second underpass is located at a distance of 6.1 km
Third underpass location is at a distance of 10.1 km
Fourth underpass location at a distance of 16.4
Fifth location is at a distance of 19.4 km