The permission to National highways Authority India (NHAI) to build a bridge and its approach roads across the river for the Delhi- Meerut Expressway should be allowed to help ease traffic congestion, an expert committee on told the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The project would be allowed” subject to fulfilling of certain conditions including increasing the cost of monitoring during construction phase of bridge by nearly Rs 2.5 crore. The committee, constituted by the NGT for implementation of ‘Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Project 2017’, has recommended that project proponent should save “as many trees” as possible and no wetland area on the floodplains should be disturbed during the construction phase. The committee also suggested that a strong iron marshes of 8 inch height should be erected along the proposed bridge to stop the public from throwing solid waste in the Yamuna. The submissions came in response to National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) plea seeking NGT’s nod for building of bridges and approach roads over Yamuna. The Delhi-Meerut Expressway will be built through public -private-partnership mode and slated to be operational by March 2018. The project will reduce the time of travel between Delhi and Meerut (NH-58) to 40-45 minutes from three hours at present.
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