Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated on Friday the Ghaziabad elevated corridor which will ease traffic congestion in the densely-populated city located on the western edge of the state.
The 10.6-km long project connects Raj Nagar Extension to UP Gate on the National Highway 24. It aims to help drastically reduce the travel time between the two points.
Though scheduled to be complete in April 2017, construction went through intermittent delays before completion in December 2017.
CM Adityanath inaugurated the ‘Hindon Elevated Road’ built at a cost of around Rs 1147 crore on Friday morning at Ghaziabad at a location not far from the Hindon Air Force station.
Also present at the inauguration were elected representatives of the UP Legislative Assembly and the Ghaziabad MP and MoS External Affairs V K Singh.
The corridor’s inauguration was delayed reportedly because it took time to get environmental clearance. Illuminated by over 700 LED lights to ensure safe driving during the night hours, the corridor stands on 287 pillars with 226 on a fully elevated section.
The road has been at the centre of a credit-claim-game between the Samajwadi Party and the BJP. Construction had started during the SP rule in the state in November 2014.
A few days ago, Samajwadi Party MLC Rakesh Yadav was booked for inaugurating the road claiming that the project was started during former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s regime.
On Friday, Yadav took a smart dig at the BJP government through his own version of a popular idiom.
“Ram, Ram japna paraya kaam apna,” he wrote, which is a take on the popular Hindi idiom used to refer to situations where credit for something done by one person is taken by someone else.
At Ghaziabad, Adityanath launched other developmental projects worth around Rs 350 crore.