Ghaziabad: A sense euphoria is in the air in Amrapali Village, a residential society in Indirapuram as a decade long wait for direct access to NH 24 is finally going end. Residents of the society are in a jubilant mood as their long-drawn struggle bore fruits.
Now that decks are cleared for the project, Amrapali Village now boasts of a 65-meter long approach road that connects it directly to the highway. The road was inaugurated by Rajya Sabha MP Arun Singh on Sunday.
As per the estimation of Arvind Chawdhary, executive engineer of the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), the 65-metre long and 9-metre wide road is being built at a cost of Rs 10 lakh. While bringing relief to 1,200 families living in the society, the road gives the society a rare distinction that no other society has.
"We have become the only society to have a direct access to the NH 24," boasted Deepak Kumar, president of the RWA of the society.
Maheshwaran Nair, RWA ex-secretary (extreme left), Deepak Kumar, president, Arun Singh, Sonu Malhotra and Amit Sharma, secretary of incumbent RWA
However, this moment of glory came to the residents after years of perseverance. Promises were made only to be broken later for almost a decade ago. All this while, the residents have been waiting with patience for the construction of a road promised by the developer and sanctioned by the Ghaziabad Development Authority.
Originally, a road running perpendicular to the backyard of the society to merge with the NH 24 was planned by the GDA and the developer. The builder had promised this route to the residents in the sale brochure of the project as well, according to the residents told.
However, the challenge was acquisition of a private land that lies on this planned route. When the developer failed to acquire the land, a proposal to construct a 36-metre wide service road from UP Gate to the society came from the GDA itself.
The construction of the service road too got stopped 800 meters ahead of the society owing to unavailability of the land. Soon after, the builder left. Ever since, the residents were forced to use a cemented lane to enter Kala Patthar Road in order to use the NH 24.
Lack of a connecting road had left over 5,000 residents grappling with day-to-day struggle of wading through a narrow lane to enter/exit the society.