Agra Canal Road to be repaired soon
UPID has floated tenders for the repair work that will begin soon. We will be releasing the funds to UPID in due course. RAJIV SHARMA, executive engineer, HUDA
For the commuters using the road along the eastern bank of the Agra Canal it is an ordeal to drive down the 14-km stretch from Tigaon bridge in Ballabgarh to Mithapur, near the Faridabad-Delhi border. The nightmarish experience is likely to be over as the estimate to repair the road has been approved by the state government. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has prepared the estimate to carry out the special repair of the road.
The road is an important link between the colonies situated across the Agra Canal and Noida and Ghaziabad.
The road is an important link between the colonies situated across the Agra Canal and Noida and Ghaziabad. Going via Kalindi Kunj, it bypasses the congested Delhi-Mathura Road. The road is in a very bad condition at various places between Faridabad and Delhi border.As the land belongs to the Uttar Pradesh Ir rig ation Department (UPID), HUDA will deposit the money with UPID for it to carry out the repair work.
HUDA executive engineer Rajiv Sharma said an estimate of Rs 33.5 crore has been approved by the government for the project. “UPID has floated tenders for the repair work that will begin soon. We will be releasing the funds to UPID in due course,” he said. Though UPID had carried out some patchwork on the road in May 2012, the road started wearing off in a few months.Sharma said the road needs special repair, “as the width of the road is uneven at some places. The project includes widening the road at some stretches besides carpeting.”
Though the road is a link road for Mithapur, Jaitpur, Shiv Durga Builders Colony and other neighbouring villages along the Agra Canal, it serves as an important link between Faridabad and Noida. The narrow bridge near the Mithapur crossing is a chokepoint, especially during peak hours. To ease traffic congestion on the road, the Haryana Ir rigation Department (HID) had also started constructing another six lane bridge at Mithapur last year.The work on the Metro rail from Badarpur border to YMCA Chowk is on along the DelhiMathura Road. The National Highways Authority of India is also going to start the widening of the Delhi-Mathura Road on the Faridabad-Ballabgarh section soon.
This is bound to lead to traffic snarls on the Delhi-Mathura Road that is used by most commuters. The repair of the road across the Agra Canal will provide an alternative to the commuters.Sandeep Parashar, a frequent commuter between Tigaon across the Agra Canal and Noida, feels that a good road on the stretch will prove to be a boon. “This road is the shortest route to go to Noida and Ghaziabad. A better road will certainly help reduce congestion on the Delhi-Mathura Road,” he said.