Ghaziabad: To reduce the traffic burden on NH 24, which connects New Delhi and Lucknow, Ravindra Singh, Principal Secretary, Housing, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday said the state government will urge the Union government to give its nod to the proposal of converting the highway into an eight-lane road.

Addressing the media after presiding over the Ghaziabad Development Authority Board meet, Singh said that keeping in mind the significant rise in the number of vehicles on the arterial road, it has become extremely important to increase the width of the highway.

However, he did not fail to mention that the Union Ministry of Surface Transport already has plans to construct a six-lane road on the NH-24 route. “The problem will arise in the construction of two additional road lanes,” he said.

Singh claimed that the expense for the construction of two additional road lanes would be shared by Noida Development Authority, Housing Development Council and Ghaziabad Development Authority.

Talking about the future plans, Singh said that an underpass will also be constructed to connect Noida and Indira Puram in Ghaziabad through NH 24, and a proposal for construction of a railway over bridge near Maharjpur and Loni has already been provided to the Public Works Department of the state Government. 50 per cent of the cost of this bridge will be sustained by the state government, he added.

“Metro line proposal between Dilshad Garden and Mohan Nagar is also in progress and the decision will be taken after thorough study of the project,” Singh said.

While answering a question on Ghazaibad’s pathetic traffic condition, he said the instructions have been given to the District Administration, Police, Municipal Corporation and other concerned departments to give their suggestions on the CRII report.

Meanwhile, detailed information will be sought from the concerned departments to upgrade the internal transport system.

He further added that for the creation of a ‘land bank’, the development authority officials have been instructed to ensure that Section 4 and 17 of Land Acquisition Act does not create an obstacle while purchasing the land from farmers.