A 600 meter proposed bridge, which will boost connectivity between mega townships of Noida and Faridabad, is likely to take off on the ground by mid-2017. The proposed project has been stuck between the two governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana for more than a year. In conversation to TOI, P K Agarwal, chief executive officer (CEO), Noida Authority, said that Authority officials met the secretary, Union ministry of urban development (MoUD), in an attempt to remove the road block.
According to Noida Authority officials, another bridge, proposed to connect Faridabad-Noida-Ghaziabad (FNG) Expressway from Noida’s Sector 168 with Khedi village in Haryana, is also stuck in red tape. “On Dec 5, after talking to officials of the Haryana government and the MoUD, it has been decided that the 600-metre bridge, which is proposed to link Noida’s Sector 150 with Faridabad’s Tilori village, will be completely funded by the Noida Authority,” Agarwal said.
The two bridges have already received a nod from NCR Planning Board. The locations of these two projects are proposed on the 75-meter wide FNG road passing between sectors 168 and 187A, while the second bridge will be located on a 75-meter wide road passing between sectors 149A and 150. Since construction of the FNG e-way has been taken over by the NHAI, one bridge will be constructed by the NHAI, while the other by Noida. “Secretary MoUD has also asked the NHAI to expedite the bridge along the FNG e-way,” Agarwal said.
Once operational, the bridges will provide a major relief to thousands of commuters who will be able to reach Haryana from Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad without crossing Delhi and without getting stuck in gridlocks along the two routes. Currently, commuters coming from Ghaziabad, Hapur, Noida and Greater Noida have to cross Delhi to reach Faridabad. The two bridges would benefit about two lakh commuters in the time to come, which would not only save precious time but also fuel costs would be cut down, officials said.