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Third bridge over Shahdara drain in Noida thrown open to commuters

Noida: In order to reduce the commuting time and distance between Noida and Delhi, a new bridge, third in Noida, over the Shahdara drain between sector 14 and 14A was thrown open to the commuters on Thursday. The bridge was inaugurated by Gautam Buddh Nagar MP Mahesh Sharma and Noida MLA Pankaj Singh in presence of officials from the Noida Authority.

As per Noida authority officials, the 73-metres-long bridge, with a width of 11 metres, has been built at a cost of Rs 6.50 crore. The bridge has been funded by Noida authority and is built by Delhi Flood Control Board (DFCB).

Rajeev Tyagi, General Manager, Noida authority said that the bridge will end the traffic snarls near sector 14A when a commuter travels to Noida from the Delhi side towards Udyog Marg.

"The newly inaugurated bridge is aimed to bring relief to hundreds of commuters who travel from Delhi to Noida. It will not only reduce the commuting time but will also end the long traffic snarls from Sector 14 A towards Noida entry on way to Udyog Marg via Indian oil crossing near sector 1," said Tyagi.

The officer further said that the bridge also features handmade paintings on both the sides which have been done free of cost by the Kiran Nadar Museum in association with the Authority.

"The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), has brought vibrant colors to the walls of the bridge which will

give a scenic view to the commuters. Also this will be the first bridge over Shahdra drain while travelling from Delhi to Noida as the other two bridges from sector 16A to 18 near DLF and GIP mall and at Kalindi Kunj connecting Delhi with Noida were inaugur

ated around two years ago," added Tyagi.

Speaking on the occasion, MLA Pankaj Singh said that the bridge will hopefully reduce the number of accidents as there will not be merger of traffic coming from the Mahamaya Flyover and people coming from 14A.

Shubham Agarwal, a resident of Pandav Nagar in Delhi who travels to his office in Noida sector 6 said that the traffic bottleneck at Sector 15 roundabout can now been freed permanently.

"While travelling to office in morning peak hours, I usually witness traffic snarls near sector 15 roundabout as the vehicles coming from Delhi as well as from Noida Expressway gets merged at the point which is narrow and with the widening of road, the vehicles can now move freely which will ease traffic congestion," said Agarwal.

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