The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is yet to officially throw open the airport road connecting Kharar with Zirakpur, but the commuters are already making the most of the new link. Some work is yet to be completed as a high tension electricity pole in the middle of the road is yet to be relocated.
The road would bring respite to the commuters travelling between Zirakpur and Kharar. It would decongest the traffic at Balongi lightpoint, but the electricity pole sans diversion signage is posing a threat to commuters’ lives.
Even as the traffic has started plying on the road, GMADA officials say the road is yet to be thrown open for public. Earlier, to ensure that no vehicles could ply on the road, huge concrete slabs had been placed on the Kharar end of the road, but they had been removed now.
“The boulders had to be removed for easy movement of the machines on the road,” said an official of GMADA on condition of anonymity. Apart from this, the road lacks reflectors and signages.
It’s a common sight commuters exceeding the speed limit of 60kmph on the stretch. “We need one more month to make the road operational as the work on streetlights is on. There is a need to shift the high tension electricity pole which is in the middle of the road,” said AK Sinha, chief administrator GMADA.
TO CUT TRAVEL TIME
The road would decrease the travel time. Commuters from near North Country Mall, Kharar, would be able to take the airport road connecting them directly to ZirakpurPatiala road by bypassing Chandigarh and inner areas of SAS Nagar. This road would act as a bypass for people travelling to Zirakpur and Patiala and beyond.
People travelling to Airport at SAS Nagar, Delhi, Patiala, Zirakpur, Panchkula, Ambala can take this road.
People travelling to Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Kullu, Manali can take this road straight from Zirakpur and reach North Country Mall.
TO DECONGEST BALONGI BARRIER
This road would come as a major respite for the commuters on way from Kharar to Chandigarh, who would get stuck at the Balongi lightpoint in the morning and evening hours.
ZIRAKPUR-PATIALA ROAD LINKED WITH ROAD
Airport road has already been connected with ZirakpurPatiala highway near Chatt village. Traffic lights have already been put in place to regulate traffic. The same road is to be connected to McDonalds in the next few days as NHAI has already been paid by GMADA for completing the work.