The National Highway Authority of India’s proposal to construct a Japanese model flyover through a high-rise to end traffic mess at Hero Honda Chowk has not gone down well with an influential citizen’s group.
The NHAI had proposed the execution of a plan to branch out the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway into three-four elevated stretches inside a building and merge them through cloverleaf roads.
But the members of Hero Honda Chowk Sangharsh Samiti (HHCSS) have opposed the plan, saying that the structure could take years to be built and commuters will continue to suffer.
According to the NHAI, the proposed flyover, similar to the Gateway Tower in Osaka, would pass through a multilevel commercial complex and ease the traffic congestion on the Hero Honda Crossing.
Earlier, the HHCSS had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a crossover facility at the crossing at the earliest. Now the residents’ body has geared up to mobilize support for a simple flyover similar to those constructed at Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower and Rajiv Chowk along the expressway.
The Samiti has alleged that the NHAI and the Central government have been intentionally keeping the problem alive ever since the expressway design was conceived.
The HHCSS has appealed all local groups to join the movement.
“We have requested the presidents of various associations to support us and help financially also in case we need to move the Supreme Court,” said SR Yadav, who had filed a PIL in the high court.
The high court on February 12 had asked the NHAI and Haryana government to decide on the flyover issue in 15 days. The court had fixed the next date of hearing on March 25.
The lawyers of the NHAI and the public works department (PWD), Haryana, told the court that they want to construct the flyover at Hero Honda Chowk but the cost sharing issue is not yet solved.
Meanwhile, the NHAI and the state government officials learned to have held a meeting on Tuesday in Chandigarh to discuss the construction of Japanese model of flyover.