Hindon Elevated Road, India’s longest elevated road was recently inaugurated in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The elevated six-lane road is approximately 10 kilometres-long connects UP Gate to Rajnagar Extension and will make it easier to commute between Delhi and Ghaziabad. It is built on 227 single pillars. The road ends 1.5km away from the airbase. It was built at a cost of about Rs 11,000 crores.
It has been built on Transit-orented development (TOD) basis; a type of urban planning that makes public transportation easily accessible to residential, business and leisure space. Once operational, commuters will be able to drive down from Ghaziabad to the East Delhi border in 15 minutes while maintaining the permissible speed of 80kmph. However, the elevated corridor will not be open for bigger commercial vehicles to avoid traffic hassles on the route.
Completion of the India’s longest elevated road was scheduled to get completed by April 2017. The work was delayed due to several factors, including shifting of high power transmission lines, and several other factors. Interestingly, while former Chief Minister and head of Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav took to Twitter and claimed that it was actually his government that was responsible for the implementation of the project, BJP government said that much of project was actually spearheaded by Yogi Adityanath.