The under construction flyover at Hero Honda Chowk on the Delhi Gurgaon Expressway is nearing completion and could be opened for commuters and traffic anytime in the next couple of weeks, a senior official of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) said on Wednesday.
Work on the project commissioned by the NHAI started in February 2015 and was to be completed by July 2015. Earlier, the NHAI officials inspected the site and took stock of the project. The flyover, once complete, is tipped to make the commute between Delhi and Jaipur via Hero Honda Chowk smooth and hassle-free.
AK Sharma, project director, NHAI, said, “We are trying to get the flyover up and running for commuters as early as possible. Work is on in full swing and a one portion or flank is almost complete.”
The project did face obstacles and was mired in red tape over the last five years, before work finally began in February 2015.
The busy Hero Honda Chowk, which draws commuters by the dozens through the day, is considered a choke point as it is crammed with motorists, commuters and even pedestrians.
Union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, twice inspected the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway in 2015 after locals complained of commuting woes at Hero Honda Chowk.
However, with the project on schedule and expected to be completed soon, the 1.4 km flyover is expected to ease the flow of traffic on the busy Hero Honda Chowk once it opens. Work on the underpass, which is proceeding parallelly, will help pedestrians shuttle between both sides of the chowk easily.
The residents of sectors 34 and 37 are also expected to derive a lot of benefits from the underpass, which stretches from Rajiv Chowk to Kherki Daula.
Rambir Singh, a resident of Narsinghpur, said, “Hero Honda Chowk has been a commuting nightmare for us. People coming from Iffco Chowk and heading towards Sector 10 often take the wrong service lane between Rajiv Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk causing a chaotic traffic situation.”