In view of ADB Summit being held at the India Expo Centre here from May 2 to May 5, work on bridge over Shahadara drain was expedited and it was inaugurated today to ease traffic flow.
NOIDA: Putting an end to the traffic gridlock between east Delhi, Noida and Greater Noida, the Noida Authority will finally open the entire widened eight-lane Shahdara drain bridge on Tuesday morning. The first carriageway of the bridge was opened to traffic last week.
NOIDA: Although the authorities have decided against reserving lanes or restricting regular movement of traffic along the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway during the Asian Development Bank Summit scheduled between May 2 and 5, some lanes on the DND Flyway will be reserved exclusively for the delegates visiting the Expo Mart.
The traffic department has also decided to conduct a continuous drive between May 2 and May 5 to rid the stretch between Chilla Regulator near Noida Gate and Pari Chowk of encroachments and unauthorized parking.
NOIDA: Offering relief to thousands of commuters who travel to Noida-GreaterNoida from the DND Flyway and from east Delhi, Noida Authority has wrapped up the widening work of the first of the five bridges on Shahdara drain between Film City and Mahamaya Flyover. On Monday, one of the carriageways of the bridge was opened to traffic. The second carriageway will be opened on April 30.
Work on the first bridge has been carried out at a cost of around Rs 19 crore and the four-lane bridge has been widened to an eight-lane one. Each 7.5m carriageway has been widened to 30 metres.
Until now, the Shahdara drain bridge was a major traffic bottleneck for commuters travelling between Delhi and Noida-Greater Noida via the Expressway. Traffic snarls between Film City and Mahamaya Flyover were a regular occurrence. The stretch witnessed regular traffic jams as vehicles coming from Akshardham side via the eight-lane UP link road were forced to converge at the four-lane Shahdara drain stretch.
Vehicles moving from Noida’s Sector 18 and Greater Noida towards Delhi or Ghaziabad via the NH-24 route also added to the chaos and as a result, the arterial road remained completely choked during peak hours. The widening of the bridge thus, is slated to benefit thousands of commuters each day.
Since the jurisdiction of the Shahdara Drain comes under the Delhi government, the Noida Authority had obtained permission for the widening work in 2011. While the widening work was to have been completed by December last year, the project has missed several deadlines in the past. Authority officials said that the project witnessed “several changes related to cost and scope, thus, leading to the delay.”
The Authority sped up work this time to ensure that the work was completed in time to host Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other delegates scheduled to go to Greater Noida via the stretch in the first week of May for the Annual Asian Development Bank Summit at the Expo Centre.
Starting from Chilla Regulator area in Delhi, Shahdara drain enters Noida at Sector 14, 14A and runs along Sector 95 flowing into Yamuna River below Kalindi Kunj Bridge. Along the way, the drain flows under five bridges located at Udyog Marg, Master Plan-I Road, Master Plan-II Road and the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway link road.
Widening of the other four bridges located across Shahdara drain is also in the pipeline and the Authority has already completed the Detailed project Reports (DPR) of two of these bridges. The DPRs of the remaining bridges are scheduled to be completed by the end of May. The Authority has allocated a sum of Rs. 56 crore for the widening of the remaining bridges.
NOIDA: The Noida Authority and traffic department have decided against reserving lanes or restricting regular movement of traffic along the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway during theAsian Development Bank Summit scheduled between May 2 and 5. However, the GreaterNoida Authority is constructing two additional loops on the expressway to provide direct access to the Expo Mart for vehicles headed to the summit.
Work on the loop on the Noida to Greater Noida carriageway of the expressway is already complete. Commuters can take this loop to reach the Knowledge Park and the Expo Mart area.
Officials said that work on the loop on the Greater Noida to Noida side will also be wrapped up within a few days.
“The construction of the new cloverleaf with the two loops will ensure that traffic burden on the expressway does not increase much. The additional vehicles of leaders and security staff, etc will be able to use the loops to reach the Expo Mart without any obstruction and this will also ensure that regular traffic movement is not hampered,” said a traffic department official.
A total of 650 traffic personnel will be deployed along the stretch between Noida Gate and Expo Mart, as well as along the DND Flyway between May 2 May 5 to ensure snarl-free traffic movement. “The district police, administration and the traffic department are working in coordination and we will ensure that adequate staff is deployed across the city. Besides, a special contingency plan has also been prepared,” the traffic department official said.
The administration has also decided to install new CCTV cameras at all major traffic junctions and arterial roads to keep a watch during the four days of the summit. A dedicated control room is being set up whereby staff of the traffic department and the police will be deployed to monitor all traffic movement through the CCTV footages.
Earlier, the district authorities had been mulling over demarcating a dedicated lane on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway for those attending the Summit. As per the earlier plan, two 3.5m-wide lanes on each carriageway were to be reserved for the visitors.
The traffic department has also decided to conduct a drive to rid the Dadri-Surajpur-Chalera road, which serves as an alternate road to the expressway, of all encroachments considering that traffic movement is likely to increase during the summit as it will be used as an alternate route. “While the administration will not impose any traffic restrictions during the four days of the summit, many commuters are likely to avoid the expressway and use the DSC road instead. All encroachments will be removed from the stretch in the next few days so that there are no traffic jams particularly during peak hours,” the official said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will also attend
The Asian Development Bank meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Tourists on way to Taj Mahal through Yamuna Expressway will soon be able to get a taste of Indian culture along the journey. The Uttar Pradesh government is planning to set up at least two resorts based on rural themes similar to Jaipur’s famous Chokhi Dhani.
Continuing with the success of Mercedes-Benz Performance Drive, the second level of training, known as Advanced Training, has commenced at AMG Driving Academy, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. This advanced program is a combination of theory and practical knowledge, with an aim of improving cornering and handling skills, while driving a high performance vehicle. Such skills will be taught by expert drivers called from AMG Driving Academy, Germany.
Asia’s biggest confluence of home and lifestyle items – Home Expo India 2013 (HEI-2013) has begun at Expo Mart in Greater Noida, near the capital New Delhi.
The second edition of the four-day expo, which was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Textiles Panabaka Lakshmi, is a highly specialized product-specific business-to-business (B2B) mega event, featuring an array of items like home textiles, home furnishings, kitchen textiles, etc.
Organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the expo is scheduled to host three consecutive shows – Indian Furnishings, Floorings and Textiles Show (IFFTEX), Indian Furniture and Accessories Show (IFAS) and Indian Houseware and Decorative Show (IHDS), at the same venue.
At the inaugural ceremony, Mrs. Zohra Chatterji, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, said HEI provides a common platform for producers, manufacturers and exporters of home furnishing, home furniture and home decorative items to get in direct touch with each other. Most of these people represent cottage, small and medium scale enterprises, she added.
Such events provide extended marketing opportunities, and also help in targeting specific foreign buyers and thereby boost exports, she said.
Speaking to media on sidelines of the inaugural ceremony, the Minister informed that the Ministry of Textiles has urged the Centre to provide some relief to the carpet, handloom, handicraft, textiles and leather sector in upcoming Foreign Trade Policy to be announced on April 18.
She said the suggestions have been forwarded to the Commerce Ministry.
Meanwhile, the textile industry has demanded a three percent hike in interest subsidy rate from existing two percent, besides extension of the interest subvention scheme for textile sector for a minimum of five years.
Greater Noida: Ahead of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) summit, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday visited India Expo Centre here and took a stock of the arrangements.