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Now open in Noida: NTPC underpass, Medicinal and Herbal garden

Press Trust of India  |  Noida (UP) 

After a wait of over three years, the (NTPC) underpass at a busy crossroad of the city was inaugurated Wednesday.

Also, a Herbal and Medicinal park, spread across 25 acres and developed at a cost of Rs 21.96 crore, in Sector 91 was thrown open to the public.

Both the projects were inaugurated jointly by and Mahesh Sharma, Noida MLA and

The projects have been developed by the Senior officials of theNoida Authority including its and were present during the inaugurations.

The 640-metre underpass -- at the crossroad of Sectors 24, 25A, 32 and 33A -- has been developed by the at a cost of Rs 55.55 crore, officials said.

The project had started on June 30, 2015 and completed on October 8, 2018, they said..

With the underpass going functional, the traffic coming from sectors 11, 12, 22 will have hassle-free movement towards sectors 47, 48, 49 and Phase II besides the expressway.

Locals expected that the underpass will benefit commuters as the stretch, one of the busiest in the city, goes signal-less (without any red lights).

"I see heavy traffic situation here during morning and evening. Often the traffic police would be deployed to control the situation," said a of a private firm who works nearby the site.

The 640-metre two-lane underpass has two carriage ways on both sides. The two lanes are separated by a two-metre verge in between.

"Free left turn and U-turns are available on the road above the underpass to ease commuters' movement," the said.

The project is also Noida's first underpass to have wall arts and murals.

The had collaborated with the for the beautification of the underpass.

Sharma, the of Culture, also inaugurated a painted mural installation for the underpass.

"Public art is part of our culture and tradition, and we hope this initiative will be an inspiration for other arts institutions and cultural organisations in the country," he said, according to a statement.

The Medicinal and Herbal Garden has been developed on a triangular shaped land in Sector 91.

According to officials, the guarden has plants of herbal and medicinal values including neem, imli, baheda, harad, reetha, curry leaves, amla, olives, arjun, bel, and fruit plants such as wild guavas, mango, pomegranate and papaya.

"The park has a pathway for walkers, an open air amphitheatre, mini water bodies, a natural lake with zero discharge, a and parking facility for vehicles," the said.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 20:30 IST