A multi-storeyed building on the clogged Hero Honda crossing in Gurgaon with a stretch of the Delhi-Jaipur national highway (NH-8) passing through it. Sounds too futuristic?
The road transport & highways ministry says such an engineering marvel is possible and is a smart way of freeing up the Hero Honda intersection that bears a daily brunt of 5 lakh vehicles.
The concept was presented before roads minister CP Joshi on Monday by C Kandaswamy, director general (roads). It proposes that the NH-8 branch out into three or four elevated stretches inside the building, segregating local and interstate traffic and eventually joining the rest of the highway through cloverleaf roads.
Motorists face long jams at the intersection during peak hours every day while pedestrians risk lives trying to cross over. Widening the road is a challenge as it’s surrounded by industrial units.
“The model proposed can be a viable way of decongesting traffic. We are considering it and a feasibility report will be ready in the next fortnight,” Joshi said. According to him, the project can be made financially sustainable by using the remaining floors of the building for commercial purposes.The concept, though, isn't new. It's borrowed from the 16-storeyed Gate Tower Building in Osaka, Japan, where a stretch of the Hanshin expressway passes through two floors.