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The newly constructed underpass at Noida city center (1)

Underpass at Kalindi Kunj gets Allahabad HC approval

The Allahabad high court allowed the Noida Authority to acquire 2,300 square metres of land required to complete a Rs 40-crore underpass near Noida’s sectors 94-95.

The Allahabad high court allowed the Noida Authority to acquire 2,300 square meters of land required to complete a Rs 40-crore underpass near Noida’s sectors 94-95.

The underpass project, mired in delays for more than two years, will make the stretch between Kalindi Kunj in Delhi and NH-24 signal-free. The HC ruling marks the end of the legal stalemate which has meant a daily gridlock for thousands of commuters using the stretch.

Upbeat about the court’s decision, Noida Authority officials told TOI that once all the legalities were out of the way, construction was likely to begin within a month. “The case was being heard continuously for the last three days,” Saumya Srivastava, deputy CEO, Noida Authority.

We are happy that the court has ruled in favour of the project. Once we have possession of the 2,300 square metres of land, we will be able to start construction on the stalled 750-metre-long underpass. It is likely to be completed within a year — by December 2017. It will greatly benefit scores of commuters using the stretch daily,” he said.

We have one other issue to be ironed out with the Delhi irrigation department,” he said. “We need about 1,200 square metres of land, which belongs to the Delhi government. They are demanding Rs 18 crore for that piece of land for a lease period of 33 years. However, we have asked them to review their demand and give us the land at the same rate as they got for building the Akshardham temple,” he said.

Among the “important development projects” announced by UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in April 2013, work on the four-phase underpass project is only 36% complete. Currently, the Kalindi Kunj road from the Mahamaya flyover, which is the link between Noida and South Delhi faces a traffic gridlock every day for nearly three hours in the morning and evening. Traffic on this route has grown manifold and the narrow road, which caters to nearly 1.5 lakh vehicles daily is a nightmare for motorists.

Once in place, the underpass will ensure that those commuting from Faridabad to Sarita Vihar via Kalindi Kunj-NH 24 will not have to stop at any traffic signal. It will also benefit the commuters, coming from Delhi towards sectors 125 and 94 in Noida, who currently use the Mahamaya flyover.