Five new flyovers in the offing to de-congest Gzb
In order to streamline the traffic of the city and to reduce hassle in and around the city, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has decided to construct five new flyovers. The authority said that the projects will come up on key roads joining the city to check the increasing volume of vehicles.
A total of Rs 4,702.2 crore will be spent on these projects which will be borne by authority itself. “To minimise the traffic burden, we have decided to construct a few elevated stretches. After going through the feasibility study, we have given the <g data-gr-id="83">go ahead</g> for the technical feasibility report following which the detailed project report will be prepared,” said Vijay Kumar Yadav, vice-chairman of the GDA. The announcement was made by the V-C during the authority’s 144th Board Meeting on Monday.
As per the report, the proposed flyovers will come up on the Mohan Nagar link road, Hapur Chungi (Hapur road), Meerut Road (NH58), Vahsundhra crossing (NH58) and T-point (Vivekanand road). The authority has allotted Rs 102.24 for the first two projects while Rs 70 crore for the third project. A whopping Rs 4,500 crore will be spent on the fourth project which will come up on the Vashundhra crossing. The estimated cost of the last project will be Rs 40 crore. “As we want to put the projects on a fast track, we have allocated adequate money. If things go well, construction works will be started before the end of the year,” the V-C said.
To construct Metro stations on the 9.41-kilometre long Dilshad Garden to New Bus Stand stretch, the GDA announced signing of MoU with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
A total of eight Metro stations — New Bus Stand, Raj Nagar Extension, Arthala, Mohan Nagar, Shyam Park, Rajendra Nagar, Raj Bagh and Shaheed Nagar, have been proposed on this stretch. “As we have to ensure <g data-gr-id="128">running</g> of Metro before the end of 2017, we have decided to speed-up the project. We have signed <g data-gr-id="127">an MoU</g> in this regard,” said a senior official.
“The MoU stated that the DMRC will extend Delhi Metro corridor into Ghaziabad’s territory. The GDA will provide electricity and water to the DMRC. In addition to this, the authority will provide free of cost land,” added the official.
On the occasion, Sadakant, principal secretary (Housing) and the GDA chairman, informed of reviewing the Metro project connecting Dilshad Garden to New Bus Stand. Sadakant said that the financial crunch is forcing the GDA to review the situation as three of its contributors are not being able to pay their share.
“The funding agencies- Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation, Housing Board and UPSIDC are not financially sound to contribute their share to the Rs 1,480 crore project,” he said.
Under the approved funding pattern, the Union government was to bear Rs 700 crore, GDA Rs 695 crore, Municipal Corporation Rs 246 crore, Housing Board Rs 44 crore and UPSIDC Rs 97 crore. The government of UP had approved the funding pattern following which <g data-gr-id="126">an MoU</g> has been signed with the DMRC.
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