The Haryana government has decided to transfer 629 sqm land to the National highways authority of India (NHAI) within a week for the expansion of the Badshahpur drain, a step expected to resolve the problem of frequent waterlogging at Hero Honda Chowk in Gurgaon.
The land belongs to the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation.
Also, the Municipal Corporation Gurgaon (MCG) will study the drain for its capacity. Tenders have been floated for selecting the agency for the study, officials said. This was decided at a meeting headed by public works department minister Rao Narbir Singh.
Blockage and breach in Badshahpur drain led to waterlogging at Hero Honda Chowk following rain on July 28 and 29 and again on August 29 and 30.
MCG commissioner TL Satyaprakash said the study will assess the current water carrying capacity of the Badshahpur drain in Khandsa village and check what its ideal capacity should be.
An independent hydrologist will be hired for the study and tenders have been floated for this. The consultant will also suggest alternative measures for drainage of water at Hero Honda Chowk, said Satyaprakash.
Meanwhile, the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) is removing encroachments from around the drain that hampers its flow.
Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav said encroachments are being removed from Khandsa Road.
Also, the agency will provide alternative plots to residents of Khanda village if they are ready to surrender their houses for the widening of the drain, he said.
At the meeting, Rao Narbir Singh reviewed the progress of the project to construct three underpasses at Rajiv Chowk, Signature Tower Chowk and IFFCO Chowk on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. The project also involves some beautification work.
Singh said Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stones for the projects on September 11.
Singh directed officials to submit an estimate of the fund required for relocating public facilities coming in way of the project.
Officials said it was informed in the meeting that Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam will have to relocate a 66-KV and a 220-KV line from Signature Tower. The officials informed that petrol pumps, CNG pumps and cremation grounds will also have to be shifted.
Singh said he will talk to Gadkari on September 11 about the possibility of constructing an elevated road at Sohna Road to ease jams in Badshahpur village. He said the road will start from Vatika Chowk. A detailed project report will be prepared soon, he said.