Ghaziabad residents waiting for the widening of NH 24 between UP Gate and Dasna have reasons to rejoice, as Delhi High Court has finally removed the legal roadblock in its way.
The high court recently allowed National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to award the work on the stretch. This stretch of the highway passes through densely populated residential and commercial areas such as Indirapuram and Sector 62, Noida.
NHAI had disqualified one of the bidders for not meeting the pre-qualification requirements of the technical bid. The disqualified bidder, however, filed a petition in the Delhi High Court, challenging NHAI's decision. This had held up work on the stretch till now.
Residents of Indirapuram, Crossings Republik, and several sectors of Noida spend hours on the highway due to severe traffic congestion. Intersections such as Sector 62, Noida, Kala Patthar, Khoda and Crossings Republik are the worst affected areas. Ghaziabad traffic police had to set up barricades on the highway and divert traffic to U-turns from the alternate roads on the highway in order to ease some of the congestion.
The NH 24-widening project is being carried out in three sections — from Nizamuddin Bridge to UP Gate, from UP Gate to Dasna, and from Dasna to Hapur. It starts at NH 44 near Nizamuddin Bridge, intersects NH 34 at Lal Kuan, and goes on to join NH 9 in Hapur.
The fact that the arterial highway is well-connected is also a curse, as it is thronged by vehicles from Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida and even other of Uttar Pradesh. The widening of the highway from the current four lanes to fourteen lanes is set to ease traffic movement eventually.
An NHAI official told City Spidey that work will commence after approvals on the existing bids. The official ruled out the possibility of taking fresh bids for the project.
RP Singh, project director of NHAI, told City Spidey that the upcoming 14-lane highway will include 6 lanes of the Delhi-Meerut expressway and 8 lanes of the national highway. Work will be conducted on the 300-feet wide NHAI land which extends 150 feet on either side from the centre of the road.