Bridge over Yamuna on its way
The construction work on the bridge project to be built over Yamuna towards Faridabad has finally started
Since both the states are involved in this project, we issued a combined tender and a private company was allotted the work.
D S DA N DA , executive engineer, PWD
Nine months since the then union minister Nitin Jairam Gadkari laid the foundation stone for a bridge to be built towards Faridabad over the Yamuna near Manjawli village, work has finally started amid speculation.
The foundation laying ceremony of the project was attended by Nitin Gadkari.
The Congress government was in power in Haryana then and the project was believed to be a poll gimmick. It was felt that the gover nments in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh would not co-operate due to the fact that none of the senior ministers or the chief ministers of either state attended the foundation stone-laying ceremony.
But after the change of guard in Haryana with the BJP assuming power, hope for early construction of this bridge has soared. T he preliminary detailed project report (DPR) of this bridge has been submitted and also approved by the government, revealed DS Danda, executive engineer, Public Works Department, Faridabad and a nodal officer for the project.
“Since both Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are involved in this project, we issued a combined tender and the lowest bidder, a private company, was allotted the work. Under the DPR, several measures have been put in place to ensure that crossing the Yamuna becomes easy through this bridge,” Danda said.
He said that a small bridge has also been proposed over an area identified as the ‘Old Yamuna’, labelled so due to the Yamuna changing its course due to floods, officials said. The bridge will connect the two NCR towns of Faridabad and Noida — from Jasana - Cheersi - Manjawali in Faridabad, Haryana to Atta Gujran in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The total length of the ` 200-crore project is 23km of which 20km falls in Haryana. The remaining 3km falls in Uttar Pradesh.
Gadkari had said that the state gover nments had to acquire land for this project at the earliest and hinted that it would be complete within oneand-a-half years, but sources said that acquisition of land for four lanes of the road from the bypass road would take more time. The officials hinted that the acquisition process and construction work on the bridge can go hand-in-hand and the entire process may take two to three years.
Once the bridge comes up on the Yamuna, it will be easy to reach Greater Noida and other parts of the country instead of having to cross Delhi to reach Greater Noida. This will serve as a link for commuters from Gurgaon, Rewari, and Rajasthan besides different parts of UP to travel to Faridabad and other places in Haryana, besides Delhi.
The foundation laying ceremony last year was attended by the union minister of state for road transport, highways and shipping and Faridabad MP Krishanpal Gurjar, now the minister of state for Social justice and empowerment.
However, neither the then Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, his then PWD Minister Randeep Singh Surjawalla nor the UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav were present on the occasion though the foundation stone carried names of these dignitaries being present on the occasion.
Gurjar had then demanded that some of the roads — Ghaziabad-Noida-FaridabadSohna (75 km), Nuh-Mindkola, Palwal, Jewar, Bhulandsher ( 60km), Dauj- Ballabg arhTigaon-Devta-Sccunderabad (85km), Palwal-Aligarh (83km), Hodal-Biduki-Hassanpur-Kashipur-Badoli-MohnaChandpur (65km), Faridabad Kheripul-Jasana-Cheersi-Manjawali - Atta Gujran, Dhankor-Yamuna Express (25km) be declared national highways.
The minister also had demanded the construction of a bridge over the Yamuna river to connect Hassanpur with Maholi and also extension work towards Delhi on the Agra canal connecting Faridabad with Delhi.