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.

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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.