Ghaziabad realty forges ahead due to improving infrastructure


2011-10-12 17:19:42

Delhi/NCR

Ghaziabad has emerged as the next housing destination for many property buyers even as the administration is yet to find a solution to the Noida Extension issue. Now that home buyers are scouring Ghaziabad, they have stumbled upon a pleasant surprise - the city has better infrastructure to cope with the population pressure than hitherto believed.

"The city saw a frenzied pace of development in the last couple of years and the administration has been putting in all effort to streamline things which any settler would like to see in a city," Meerut commissioner Bhuvnesh Kumar says. Giving a brief sketch of the plan, some of which is still in the pipeline while some is already in the execution stage, he says, "The city has bright future ahead."

He tried to allay the fears of property buyers in the city, who believe that the infrastructure is crumbling. Many of the developers, as well as buyers, pointed out that the traffic is in a mess in the city apart from a lack of a mass transport system needed to grow into a bustling city, at an ET Conclave.

Bhuvnesh Kumar said that from city development funds, several projects are at an execution stage like two new bridges on the Hindon river: one on GT Road and another one near Kanawani, apart from a project to widen the GT Road from 6 lanes to 8 lanes. There is also a plan for connecting NH-58 to NH-24 from Mahamaya Stadium; but this project has been delayed owing to two clover leaves on both the ends, which have to be aligned with this project for a durable solution. The clover leaf projects will be on the line of the AIMS flyover, says Kumar.

He also added that the proposal for a second phase, including the funds arrangement for the project from Dilshad Garden to Arthala has been sent to the government, which would fulfil the need of mass transportation. Apart from all these, the RRTS is also in the pipeline where four states and the central governments have agreed for a rapid rail, which will connect Delhi with Meerut and people would be able to cover the distance in 55 minutes.

These projects would see the real state growth along the NH-58, which has so far been limited to growth of educational institutions.

Shashi Bushan Lal, the district magistrate of Ghaziabad, whose intervention was sought by the public, later said that the suggestion for installation of traffic signals would be met soon for which he would coordinate with the officials concerned.

Basant Lal, the municipal commissioner, who was also present in the conclave, when asked as to how he plans to deal with the problem of garbage with no dumping grounds in the city and a lot of real estate projects at stake near the integrated city, said: "We have recently reclaimed the Dunda Heda land where court has cleared the site for a modern dumping ground. This site will be developed keeping in mind the large population that would settle in its vicinity. Besides, we also plan a new site at some other place, so that the entire city garbage gets disposed of properly,"

Sanjay Rastogi, CMD of Saviour Group, who was representing the real estate developers, gave a call to the administration to improve the condition of the city and put it on a par with Noida, so that developers have all physical infrastructure in place which they can harness to realize the full potential of the town.

Source: Times Property (The Times of India, New Delhi)

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