The inauguration of the longest flyway in India connecting Raj Nagar Extension to UP Gate in Ghaziabad will be held today. According to local BJP functionaries, the chief guest of the inauguration ceremony will be Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
Ghaziabad elevated road
The elevated road of Ghaziabad is 10.3km long. It is built to allow direct and non-stop movement of vehicles. It is the longest flyway in India which is built on single-pier pillars. The cost of developing this road is Rs 1,470 crores over three years. As per its construction, the vehicle owners can drive at an average speed of 80 km per hour. It provides continuous connectivity to travelers between Raj Nagar Extension and UP Gate near East Delhi east border in Ghaziabad.
The UP State Environment Impact Assessment Authority granted an environment clearance program. April 2017, was the scheduled date for the inauguration. The elevated road was subjected to multiple delays in clearances from various Union government departments including the Indian Railways, for construction-related issues.
Yogi Adityanath visit
The local unit of BJP in Ghaziabad took a meeting on Tuesday. It was done to discuss all the preparations for Yogi Adityanath visit. As decided by them, an event will be organized in Kavi Nagar on the Ram Leela grounds. The chief minister is supposed to address a public meeting there.
Other Developmental works
These projects are of various departments including Power Corporation, primary education, PWD, and district administration worth of Rs. 341.48 crores. It includes projects like drainage strengthening project from GT Road to Raj Nagar Extension, installation of LED lights in Indirapuram and Loni costing rupees 3 crores and a road costing rupees 70.64-crore.
The CM will lay the foundation stone for the grade separator and rotary of rupees 35-crore. The grade separator is constructed to bypass the newly opened NH-24 to NH-58 Link Road for smooth traffic changeover. He will lay the foundation stone for the construction of 856 houses at Madhuban Bapudham for the economically poor people. Under the Pradhan Mantri Avas Yojna, the estimated cost of its construction is rupees 131 crores.
The CM will also lay the foundation stone for the reconstruction of three heritage gates-Jawahar Gate, Dasna Gate, and Delhi Gate. The expected cost of their renovation is rupees 3 crores. RCC drainage project in Lajpat Nagar costing rupees 5.3 crores and construction of a cultural center at the city forest, near river Hindon costing ₹5 crores, are also included in the project list.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the SP
The construction of the road was one of the initiatives of Akhilesh Yadav. He was the leader of previous Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh. The inauguration of this grand road might evolve a war of words between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the SP overtaking the credit for its construction.
According to Ghaziabad SP’s president, 90% of the road work was completed during the SP government rule and only the finishing touch was left. The entire fund for its construction was generated by SP government.
Few members of Samajwadi Party for Ghaziabad unit inaugurated the road 15 days ago. An FIR was registered by the police against SP’s Legislative Council Member Rakesh Yadav and several unnamed workers. Some SP workers believe that Akhilesh Yadav should inaugurate the project as the construction was started by SP government.
According to the district administration, they have already informed the UP chief minister for the inauguration of the road on March 30. They did not received any confirmation from the CM’s office till now.