NH24 widening to be completed in a single phase on CPCB order

GHAZIABAD: The deadlines set up by National Highways Authority of India to open stretches of to vehicular traffic in a stage-wise manner have been changed as the Central Pollution Control Board has applied brakes on the project. In a communication on November 20, the had directed the to focus on completion of all under-construction stretches with bituminous topping to prevent loose soil from causing pollution.

In October, NHAI had embarked on a plan to open one-km stretches of the widened portion of the to divert traffic through it. This decision was taken to avoid constant traffic snarls that are being reported from the highway due to ongoing construction work and vehicle movement through broken road dividers. NHAI had commenced construction on stretches totalling nearly 24-km along either carriageways of the 19.3-km section of the highway from UP Gate to Dasna in .

According to NHAI officials, the work flow has now been altered to fully complete the exposed 22-km stretch of road with bituminous topping. “We have received conditional approval from the CPCB to carry out construction work along the highway. Stretches that have already been taken up for construction will be completed first in accordance with the CPCB directive before we begin work on fresh stretches. Till now, we have covered 7.5 km of the stretch with bituminous topping. We have set a target of December 15 to complete half of the 24-km stretch that has been lying exposed with loose soil. By March next year, we expect to cover the entire 24-km stretch with bitumen. After that we will seek fresh permission from the CPCB to undertake construction work on new stretches,” said NHAI project director R P Singh.

Officials said that nearly 250 to 300 metres of road stretches on an average are being covered with bitumen daily.

The section from UP Gate to Vijay Nagar is expected to be formally commissioned in March. To end traffic jams at UP Gate, which is the starting point of the second section of the highway in Ghaziabad, NHAI plans to fully open the bridge at the Hindon Cut Canal—widening work on which is already underway — in March.

“The CPCB has not directed us to stop concretisation works. We are using ‘green concrete’ for the construction of the two bridges at Hindon Cut Canal and Hindon Bridge. Pre-mixed concrete is transported using mixers to the site and no mixing is done along the highway. Work on the bridges will continue unhindered,” said Singh. The directives have been issued to the CPCB in view of largescale air pollution in Ghaziabad.

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