GREATER NOIDA: After missing several deadlines, the Yamuna Expressway is finally set to open around June 15. The state government has asked Jaypee Group to complete work on the e-way by May 31 after which UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will inaugurate it.
Recently, a meeting was held between the Jaypee group top brass and the UP government in which pending work was discussed and a deadline set to give final touches to the expressway by May 31.
Sources in Jaypee Group, however, claimed that the entire work on the expressway has been completed and the UP government can open it anytime. “On May 8, a delegation visited the e-way and found that things were in place,” a source said.
“The government needs to fix the speed limit and toll tax rates. All these things will have to be mentioned in the gazette notification,” a senior official at Yamuna Expressway Authority said, adding, if everything goes as planned then the expressway will open by June 15.
TOI has a copy of the latest report filed by Yamuna Expressway Authority before the state government. The report says road work is complete on the entire 165km stretch. Even toll plazas have been constructed. Interchange at one location is held up due to non-transferring of land by the railway, however the acquisition process is underway.
The survey on giving toll-free access to residents along the expressway is under scrutiny by consultants RITES and the proposal of fixing speed limit has been submitted to the government. Roadside facilities being provided on both sides of the six toll plazas, interchanges and underpasses with standby power supply, pavement markings and road signages also have been completed. Roadside facilities will be provided on the expressway at toll plazas at 38.8km, 95.2km and 150.325 km.
The 165km-long expressway is being constructed between Greater Noida to Agra. Before the Bhatta-Parsaul agitation took place on May 7, 2011, the Yamuna Expressway Authority had announced that its work in Gautam Budh Nagar district would be completed by June end. However, the bloody clash between farmers and police disturbed the process.
“Once the expressway is opened, lakhs of commuters will be able to cut short their journey to Agra and beyond. We are looking forward to cater to the public and get their feedback,” said a senior Jaypee official.