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Noida: Elevated road’s phase I to open pre-Diwali

The Noida Authority has promised to open the first stretch of the city’s elevated road project before Diwali.

The Noida Authority has promised to open the first stretch of the city’s elevated road project before Diwali. It will be a tough deadline to meet as work on one of the ramps is still on but the Noida Authority officer in charge of the project insisted on Wednesday the stretch between Shopprix Mall and NTPC crossroads will be opened by October 28.

This is only 2.5 km of the total 4.8km stretch that extends all the way to Sector 28. Once opened, the four-lane elevated stretch will provide respite to thousands of commuters who travel to Delhi, Ghaziabad and Greater Noida.

According to S C Mishra, the Noida engineer in charge of the elevated road project, both carriageways of the 2.5km stretch will be completed by this month end. “The overall progress of the project is about 80%. By October 15, the last of the concrete will be laid on the stretch near the Iskcon temple,” Mishra said.

“After that we will allow eight to 10 days for the strength of concrete to be gained,” he explained. “Ramps for entry and exit of vehicles are being put into place near Iskcon. We have already completed the ramp work for the NTPC crossing,” he added. “Once this work is complete, we will be able to throw open the road for traffic. We are aiming for a Diwali deadline.”

The foundation for this project, commissioned in October 2014 and initiated by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, was laid in April 2015. Once complete, the 16.63-metre-wide (with two 7.5-metre-wide lanes on both sides) elevated road with exit and entry provisions at Nithari, Sector 30, NTPC and Sector 24 will ensure seamless flow of traffic on busy stretches along its route.

About seven points on this stretch will become signal-free. Commuters use the elevated road to reach Ghaziabad via NH-24 and East Delhi.

According to realty market experts, the improved connectivity in Noida have injected new hopes of a brighter future for the real estate investors of the region. Once this elevated road is opened, it would not only enhance the connectivity, but will also give momentum to more economic growth in the region. It is anticipated to put an extensive impact on realty market of NCR region.