Expressway to link Delhi with hill shrines

Commuters heading for holy shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri besides Haridwar and Rishikesh can now hope for a better travelling experience from Delhi.Uttar Pradesh government has invited request for qualification (RQF) of constructing a 5.5 km long elevated expressway at Modinagar at a cost of Rs 400 crore. The road network is going to be one of the longest networks on any National Highway in the country.According to the RQF notice, UP Awas Bandhu, the nodal agency for the 8-lane elevated corridor proposes to carry the through traffic passing through Modinagar Town on NH-58 and to ease out the local traffic by providing appropriate service roads and the linkages between the two sides of the NH. The project to be developed under the Integrated Urban Rejuvenation Plan, the elevated corridor will be executed on Design-Build-Finance-Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis.Sources in the Ghaziabad Development Authority said it had already cleared the proposal in order to deal with long traffic jams on this stretch. ‘‘After the bidder is finalized he would have two years to complete the project. This is going to provide major relief to commuters since the traffic jam at this stretch is very high during peak hours,’’ said GDA vice chairman S K Dwivedi.

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