Ghaziabad Development Authority reorienting route after RRTS pillar blocks way of proposed NPR . GDA had planned flyover from Loni over Delhi-Meerut highway in Dasna in 2014 .
GHAZIABAD (GHAZIABAD): Because an RRTS pillar is standing in the way of the proposed Northern Peripheral Road (NPR), the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has decided to reorient the route.The GDA had originally planned a flyover from Loni over the Delhi-Meerut highway in Dasna in 2014.However, since a RRTS pillar has been installed at the alignment already installed, the GDA has decided to make two U-turns to allow vehicles to travel the Delhi-Meerut highway.The NPR was created in 2014 with the aim of preventing interstate trucks from entering the city.The pillar now forms part of the elevated RRTS corridor to Meerut.There is no room for a flyover right now.We have therefore abandoned the attempt to build the flyover.Instead, we'll make two U-turns to enable commuters to reach the Delhi-Meerut route from the NPR, according to the official. The initial cost of the NPR, which includes the flyover, was Rs 600 crore.The flightover would have cost us Rs 150 crore, comprising Rs 70 crore for land acquisition.According to the official, the cost has now fallen to around Rs 450 crore.Officials said the NPR would shorten travel time between Delhi and Loni by 30 minutes. The 20-kilometer route will be completed in three phases.In the first phase, a 3.5-kilometer stretch from Bapudham to Manandham will be constructed.In the second phase, the 7km Manandham to Bhanera route will be built, and the remaining Bhenra village to Tilla Mod route will be built last.The GDA has already acquired about 200 acres from eight villages for the NPR, with a compensation of about Rs 500 crore distributed to the farmers. The state government has given the state government Rs 60 crore in aid of the fund.According to a source, Rs 40 crore from the infrastructure development funds will be spent for the first phase.