Here is a disturbing news in TOI, showing how irresponsible the GDA officers about the traffic woes of residents along NH24.
NEW DELHI: While all roadowning agencies have been focusing on widening stretches to ease traffic jams, the road transport and highways ministry (MoRTH) seems to have learnt from past experiences that this only helps in increasing the road's capacity. It has put paid to plans for widening of the 20km stretch on NH-24 between Delhi border and Dasna even after finalizing the bidder. The ministry will now remove all the traffic lights on the stretch and will construct underpasses and service lanes for facilitating movement of local traffic.
This is the most important stretch for commuters going to Corbett National Park and Nainital because of the huge residential development along the corridor.
"We realized that simply widening the stretch is not enough to improve traffic flow. It will only help us in increasing the capacity of the road. So the plan has been withdrawn," confirmed DG (roads) R P Indoria.
He said the ministry is now planning to do away with all the traffic intersections and signals on the stretch. "We now plan to build underpasses and service roads so that the local traffic does not get mixed with the long-distance traffic," said Indoria.
At present, the 20km stretch has four lanes and is one of the most congested NH corridors in the country.