• Noida seeks layout plan of FNG from NHAI

    Noida Authority on Tuesday said that it has asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to provide it with a detailed layout plan of the under-construction Faridabad-Noida-Ghaziabad (FNG) expressway. The NHAI has been given the mandate to develop the stretch as a National Highway. The highway aims at connecting Ghaziabad, Faridabad with Noida and Greater Noida besides decongesting existing road networks.
    According to Noida Authority officials, they need the details of the layout map and the alignment of the highway to integrate the changes into its Master Plan. “A meeting was held with the NHAI officials last week,” said P.K Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Noida Authority. “We have sought the details including the alignment and land required for the project so that we can make the relevant changes in our Master Plan and also ensure that NHAI do not face any hurdles during construction,” he explained. “We will also make sure that there is no delay in any land acquisition for the project,” he added.
    Agarwal further said that a consultant has been appointed by the NHAI to prepare a project report on the highway. The consultant will take about a year to complete its report and before work can be started at the site, he said. “A report will be provided to us in next 2-3 months on the 17 km stretch that falls into Noida. This report will be used to construct approach roads and underpass to connect areas falling along this route,” the CEO said.
    The FNG was planned way back in 1989 and work kick-started on it in 1993. Work in Noida started on the FNG in 2008. In November last year, the Uttar Pradesh government had given a no-objection certificate (NOC) to the Center for granting a National Highway tag to the expressway. The government of India had also been urged the latter to complete the project soon.
    Once complete, the much-awaited FNG expressway is touted to provide fast connectivity to daily commuters of the area. The objective of the highway is to decongest Delhi roads and mitigate pollution caused due to vehicular emissions.
    Of its total length, about 19.9km falls in Noida-Greater Noida region, 8km in Ghaziabad, while the rest 28.1km is in the Faridabad region. In Noida one end of the FNG e-way is located at Chijarsi on the NH-24, while the other end is at the entrance to Faridabad near sector 168. Once it is extended till Sohna—as has been proposed—its length will be 75km. Though Noida has completed about 70% of the project some stretches are yet to be completed for use of commuters. Since NHAI has adopted the highway, completion will now be the responsibility of the highway authority. Dominic Moore Womens Jersey

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