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Can't change road plan, says developer

Deevakar Anand, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, November 30, 2012
First Published: 02:22 IST(30/11/2012) | Last Updated: 02:24 IST(30/11/2012)

There can be no major changes in the proposed signal-free corridor between DLF Cyber City and Sector 55-56 junction, except a dedicated cycle track, the DLF management said on Thursday.

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Only necessary alterations can be incorporated in the original plan of the 16-lane toll-free Huda-DLF Sector Road, which is expected to reduce the travel time from 30 minutes to 7 minutes for motorists, the DLF officials said on Wednesday.

The response came after a meeting between DLF officials and residents who have been demanding widened footpath and crossover facilities for pedestrians along the proposed 8.3-km road. The project, which is expected to be completed by June 2014, will have six underpasses to provide signal-free ride for motorists.

The residents are now holding meetings with road and traffic experts and urban planners to discuss their demands.

"We will make ramps for cyclists at the 2.5-metre-wide footpath. Even the upcoming Rapid Metro stations will be designed in a way that they can be used as foot over bridges (FOBs). We will devise some way to make cycle ramps at the Rapid Metro station crossovers too," said Rohit Malik, Director (Estates) at DLF, who is supervising the project.

Residents have demanded that the footpath along the new road be widened from 2.5 metre to 5 metre.

The DLF says pedestrians can use red light crossings on the surface portion of the upcoming road.

The total cost of the project assessed in 2008 was Rs. 347 crore, out of which the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) had agreed to bear Rs. 162 crore. The DLF group will bear the remaining cost. According to officials, the cost of the project is likely to escalate up to Rs. 600 crore.

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