GREATER NOIDA: A comprehensive inspection of the Yamuna Expressway was recently undertaken by Rites, the transport consultancy, for submitting a report to the authority on Monday so that its opening can be expedited. Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority will now hold a meeting on June 15 with the state government to finalize the remaining details before the expressway is opened for traffic.
On Friday, Rama Raman, YEIDA chief executive officer, held a review meeting with officials of Rites to discuss the progress of inspections being carried out keeping a focus on the technical and safety aspects implemented on the expressway. Once the report is received, officials will hold the crucial meeting with the UP government to discuss in detail the report submitted by the transport consultancy. “Rites has been asked to conduct a detailed study on the technical specifications of the Yamuna Expressway and to inspect whether the laid down conditions have been conformed to,” Raman said.
During the meeting to be held on June 15, the thrust will be on getting the state government to set a date for inaugurating the Rs 11,000 crore, 165.5km, six-lane, access-controlled expressway after the required clearances are sought from relevant government agencies for fixing the toll tax and the speed limits.
Currently, trial runs continue to be conducted by the developer on the much-awaited expressway, which was initially set to open in January. Due to the change of guard in the government, so far the expressway has been stalled for one reason or another. If all goes well, sources claim that the expressway could be thrown open for use any time after July 7, once the code of conduct implemented for the Panchayat elections being conducted in the district ends.
Another important feature on the Rites scanner is the safety measures put into place by the developer of the expressway. Only once the e-way is certified as completely safe, it will be thrown open to the public, officials said. “Rites has been directed to strictly survey the safety norms on the expressway. If there are any shortcomings, they will not be tolerated and the developer will be asked to overcome them,” YEIDA officials said.
Authority officials also confirmed that a final proposal has been prepared for the consideration by the government on the amount of toll tax to be levied and the speed to be allowed on the expressway. “This proposal will be presented to the government during the meeting to be held next week. After detailed discussions, this will be finalized,” the official added. “Decisions on medical facilities and food courts are also pending, which will also be discussed,” said the YEIDA official.
Meanwhile, officials from Jaypee said that work on the expressway is complete. “Though the deadline has been pushed back repeatedly, this time things are expected to fall in place by next month,” said an official.
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