Incessant rains have cast a shadow on the trial run of Badarpur-Faridabad flyover which was earlier scheduled for September 15.
The authorities have delayed the trial run of this flyover due to continuous rains.
“The trial run of traffic on Badarpur-Faridabad flyover has been delayed due to rains,” R.K. Chawla, Project Director, National Highway Authorities of India (NHAI) told HT.
“We wanted to start trail run on this flyover even before September 15—but the continuously rains has delayed our plans”, Chawla said, “We will be in position to decide on the next date of trail in a few days.”
The officials of Hindustan Construction Company, which is constructing the 4.4-km elevated stretch, had decided to start the trail run on one side of the flyover from September 15, but the heavy rains which lashed Badarpur in the last few days — especially on Monday and Tuesday — seems to have delayed the trial plans. “ The trail run will not be on September 15 as decided earlier,” Administrative Officer of HCC, Sunil Sehani confirmed.
“We wanted to start the trial on one side of the flyover much earlier, but the incessant rains hampered our plans,” he said.
It was earlier reported that traffic from Delhi could use one lane of the elevated stretch on a trial basis. But the construction company now says that this issue is under serious discussion among the officials.
“The deadline for completion of this flyover is December, 2010, but efforts are being made to complete this project before the start of Commonwealth Games,” Chawla said.
Though the commuters shall have to shell money for using flyover, but during the trial, no charges will be levied on the vehicles, the officials said.
The work on the R340-crore project was entrusted to HCC, which started the work in December, 2008.
The 20-lane toll plaza has almost come up on the Faridabad side and the vehicles using flyover will have to pay entry fee at the toll plaza. “The toll will remain in force up to twenty years (from the date of start of work on construction of this flyover)”, a senior NHAI officer had said.
The officials said that only commuters taking the elevated stretch will have to pay where as road on the surface will be toll-free.