up govtIn a major development, the state government has issued directives to the authorities of four districts of the Western Uttar Pradesh to expedite work on the three important ongoing infrastructure projects in these regions. The government has fixed a time-bound deadline for the completion of Delhi-Meerut Expressway, Meerut-Bulandshahar Expressway, and Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail Transit System.

As per the directives, the deadline for Delhi-Meerut Expressway is fixed as March 2020, while for Meerut-Bulandshahar Expressway and Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail Transit System, the deadline is February 2020 and March 2025.

The decision has been taken in a recently held crucial meeting between senior officials of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), and divisional commissioner of Meerut zone Anita Meshram. After the meeting, the officials directed the agencies and all the districts to complete these projects within a stipulated deadline.

Speaking after the meeting, Anita Meshram said, “The government has fixed deadline for all the three projects. Hence, I have directed the departments in all four districts of western UP namely- Meerut, Ghaziabad, Hapur and Bulandshahr to work in coordination with each other. There is a requirement of 92,450 sqm of land for RRTS and it is directed to all departments including Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), Meerut Development Authority (MDA), Gram Sabha, municipal corporations, among others, to draft proposals along with payouts for approval so that there is no delay in timely completion of the projects.”

On the progress of Meerut-Bulandshahr Expressway, NHAI Deputy General Manager (technical, Mudit Garg informed that the 61 km expressway is 73% complete and will be fully operational by February 2020.

The Delhi-Meerut Expressway which is being developed to reduce the travel time between Delhi and Meerut by 90 minutes is almost complete. Briefing on the same, Garg said that the expressway is being made in four packages. Package 1 and package 3 are currently operational, while work on package 2 from UP Gate to Dasna which is of 19.3 km is 57% complete. The incomplete work includes a bridge over Hindon and a rail over bridge. For package 4, NHAI has already sent a proposal to the UP government and hoping to get the approval on the same soon.