New Delhi: Owing to the ongoing tug-of war within the department, the widening of National Highway-24 from Uttar Pradesh border to Dasna has stuck in the red tape. Although the contract for the widening process had been awarded, it is now going to be scrapped due to intra departmental conflicts.

While the project has been shunned, a new proposal for Delhi-Meerut Expressway has come up which is expected to bring relief from traffic congestion in this block.

The NH-24 starts from Nizamuddin from Delhi and ends up at Lucknow via Hapur, Moradabad, Bareli and Sitapur.

Although, the eight-lane road from Nizamuddin to UP border ensures a smooth ride for commuters, the journey transforms into a nightmare after entering UP. The highway route is reduced to four lane and two lane roads. Even though projects have been initiated to convert such roads into a four lane road, the heavy traffic congestion indicates the requirement for either a six or eight lane road.

Due to traffic congestion on UP border-Dasna, the exercise to develop it as a six lane route was started three years back.

The construction contract for Dasna-Lucknow (NH 24) route was issued in March this year but the Union Ministry for Road Transportation and National Highways changed the scheme due to which the project could not see the light of the day.

Now it has been is decided to cancel the aforesaid scheme and a new proposal for construction of Delhi-Meerut expressway has come up which will ease the traffic congestion.

According to Director General for Road Development RP Indoria the scheme for widening of UP border-Dasna was myopic and it only focused on widening of national highways, whereas the construction of service lane on both the sides was ignored.

He said, “The Delhi-Meerut Expressway will have eight lanes and three lane service roads will be built on both the sides,” and added “It will be built in such a manner that various crossings will be eliminated and the expressway will be elevated at such points.”

After deciding the alignment of the expressway, study on its feasibility is being done. It will be tabled before Public - Private Partnership Approval Committee for approval.

JPN/Bureau