Thousands of pedestrians and two-wheeler drivers crossing Hero Honda Chowk amid fast-moving traffic can now take heart as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is all set to give the final nod to the proposed foot overbridge (FoB).
Officials of the NHAI and the public works department (PWD), which will construct the FoB, held a meeting on Monday. “We have forwarded the detailed project report (DPR) of the FoB to the NHAI head office and hope to get approval within a week. As soon as we get it, the NHAI will transfer funds to the PWD for construction,” said AK Sharma, project director, NHAI, Gurgaon.
The NHAI and Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) will share the cost of the FoB — around Rs 2.5 crore each.
“The NHAI is the custodian of the expressway. If the NHAI gives nod, Huda will also give its approval and transfer fund to PWD,” said a senior Huda engineer.
“We have not received any intimation about any development in clearing the DPR and transferring of the funds from the two departments yet. As soon as we get clearance from the NHAI and the Huda, we will float a tender and complete the process soon,” said NK Tomar, executive engineer, PWD.
The 5-metre-wide FoB will have enough space for pedestrians and two-wheelers.
As many as 234 accidents have taken place on the expressway between January and May 15 this year, in which 146 pedestrians were involved.
“We know we are prone to accidents while crossing the expressway through speeding traffic but we have no option,” said Rambir Singh, a local resident. It is estimated that around 10,000 pedestrians cross Hero Honda Chowk and Iffco Chowk daily.