UP and Haryana sign agreement for bridge construction

GRD_9134New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh and Haryana inked an agreement on Friday (June 13) for constructing a bridge on the Yamuna that will ease traffic snarls at Delhi border and Mukarba Chowk as vehicles from the two states can avoid entering the Capital en route to either side once it is opened for use.

Haryana PWD Principal Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal and his UP counterpart Rajnish Dubey signed the MoU in the presence of their chief ministers Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Akhilesh Yadav at an event in New Delhi.

Once thrown open to the public, the about 667.53 metre-long bridge will not only be a big relief for Delhi traffic, but it also promises to serve at least 20 villages of Haryana and nearly 40 villages of Uttar Pradesh. It will also help in ensuring normal traffic flow on National Highway-1.

The bridge, whose estimated cost is Rs 108.68 crore, is proposed to come up near Hathwala village of Panipat district in Haryana on the one side and Chhaproli village in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district on the opposite side. The cost share of the project for Haryana and Uttar Pradesh is Rs 51.34 crore and Rs 57.34 crore, respectively.

“About 10 lakh people of both Haryana and Uttar Pradesh will benefit from the bridge. It will become easier to transport agricultural produce from one state to another. There will be overall development of this area. The existing distance will be reduced by 45 km once this bridge is open for traffic,” Kaushal told reporters.

The construction of the main bridge will be started in October while work on the approaches is likely to start from October next year after land acquisition.

While the process for acquisition of land is likely to be completed till September next year, the entire bridge along with approaches is scheduled to be completed by October, 2017.

Akhilesh said the bridge will improve the connectivity between the two states. “The government of both the states will work together to redress the grievances of the people. Concerted steps will be taken to construct the bridge before the target period,” he added.

Welcoming his UP counterpart, Hooda remarked that the two states are like brothers and this bridge will further strengthen the ties.

“A direct link between the National Highway 1 (the Delhi- Ambala-Amritsar Road) and the Delhi-Saharanpur-Yamnotri Road (State Highway 57) will be established through this bridge. It was most needed as the UP-bound traffic from Haryana is growing daily and congesting the National Highway- 1 at various points,” Kaushal said.

“A Project Steering Committee (PSC), having officers of both the states, will be constituted to monitor and supervise all the activities of the project. The Committee will review the progress and sort out the problems to expedite the successful completion of the work. The project is likely to be completed within three years from the date of actual start. We hope to complete the work and open it to public by 2017,” the Haryana PWD Principal Secretary added.

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