DM sets timeline for 2 Gzb flyovers, seeks traffic plan near civil terminal

Ghaziabad: 24 April, 2019 (Hindustan Times)

DM asks various agencies to coordinate on these and UPSBCL to meet timelines set for the two flyovers

GHAZIABAD: The connectivity on the Delhi-meerut Road is set to improve from mid-may as the district magistrate has given the final timelines for the opening of the six-lane Vasundhara flyover and one side of the six-lane Raj Nagar Extension flyover.

The district magistrate has asked various agencies to coordinate and the UP State Bridge Corporation Limited (UPSBCL) to meet the timelines. 

The flyover at Vasundhara is being built at a cost of nearly ₹65 crore, including the cost of utility shifting. It will help streamline traffic between Mohan Nagar, UP Gate and Anand Vihar on the Link Road. 

“The bridge corporation has been asked to open both sides of the Vasundhara flyover by May 15. It has also been told to open the Delhi to Meerut (three lanes) side of the Raj Nagar Extension (RNE) flyover by May 30. The officials have said the other side lane of the RNE flyover will take another more month to be ready,” Ritu Maheshwari, district magistrate, Ghaziabad, said. 

“Once the lanes are opened, the traffic flow will become smoother. We have also asked officials to speed up the work for Jhilmil exit U-turn on the Delhimeerut Road by mid-may and the other major U-turn at Raj Chopla by June 30. The construction of the road and repair of the broken stretches of the Delhi- Meerut Road have also been completed,” she added. 

The two major U-turns at Jhilmil exit and Raj Chopla are part of the mobility plan which was submitted by the Central Road Research Institute for the Muradnagar-modinagar stretch. 

“To improve the traffic flow on Delhi-mohan Nagar road, we have asked the chief engineer of the Ghaziabad Development Authority and the traffic police to conduct an inspection and draw up a traffic mobility plan for the civil terminal at the Hindon airbase. The traffic plan will be for two points — the Sikandarpur exit and the Hindon airbase. We expect that the civil flights from Hindon will be operational by the end of May,” she said.

UPSBCL officials said the work on the Vasundhara flyover was 95% complete while the work for the RNE flyover was around 72% complete. The flyover at RNE is being built at a cost of ₹65 crore, which includes the cost of utility shifting. 

“The work for the RNE flyover is going slow as there is huge flow of traffic on the Delhi-meerut Road. We are hardly getting two to four hours for taking up construction work. We are hopeful that both sides of the Vasundhara flyover and one side of the RNE flyover will be completed within the set timelines,” Ajay Kumar Singh, regional manager, UPSBCL, said.

Both flyovers were scheduled to be completed by March 2019. Officials said stoppage of construction activity by the National Green Tribunal and cold weather hampered the construction.