Article from ET Realty
NOIDA: Travelling on the congested NH-24 between Delhi and Dasna will be smoother in the next two-and-half years as government has set a stricter deadline to widen this corridor to 14 lanes. Laying the foundation stone for major expansion of the NH till Hapur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said this stretch will be a “highway of development” for Uttar Pradesh, bring freedom from pollution and will push weekend tourism in the region.
The road between Nizamuddin Bridge and Dasna will have a dedicated expressway for traffic going straight and a normal highway for local commuters. “The six lanes at the centre will be a barricaded one till Dasna and later extended to Meerut. Four lanes on each side will be meant for local traffic. Expansion of this road will save two hours of commuters during morning peak hours and another two hours in the evening. Once Meerut is linked, people can cover this stretch in only 45 minutes,” road transport minister Nitin Gadkari said.
Commuters using the expressway will have to pay toll while the normal highway will be toll-free.
Several residential colonies and condominiums have come up along this stretch in the past 10-15 years and traffic pressure has increased manifold making it one of the most congested national highways in the country. About 5 lakh vehicles use this road everyday and long traffic snarls are a common sight.
According to NHAI officials, flyovers will be built on the two lanes on normal highway on each side so that traffic going straight does not have to wait at traffic lights. “We will provide only four entry and exit points on the expressway and commuters will pay only for the stretch that they use the expressway,” an NHAI official said.
Addressing a public gathering, the PM also said that the expansion of NH-24 will impact development of areas falling in 100-150 km radius of this busy highway. “Satellite townships will come up. When Meerut and Delhi get good connectivity, Meerut can develop faster, Dehradun can grow fast. So, it’s not only a road, but it’s a highway for development,” Modi said.
He also said that work involving over Rs 7,500 crore will create more employment and will also push economic activities. Small time tea sellers, dhaba owners will benefit immensely from this,” he added.
Recalling works done by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi said the BJP stalwart was responsible for two important achievements – building the Golden Quadrilateral and PM Gramin Sadak Yojna. PM also said that now even villagers demand better roads since they know that these roads pave the way to economic prosperity.
PM also promised to increase the speed of development that has picked up momentum during his government. Stating that the Centre will undertake the construction of better roads connecting Chardham, Modi said the government believes in “converting challenges into opportunities.”
Earlier, Gadkari said that four laning of Muzaffarnagar-Haridwar and Haridwar-Dehradun roads will also be completed by December 2016 so that people can reach Dehradun from Delhi in 3-4 hours.