The stakeholders of Delhi-Gurgaon expressway have been mulling over the construction of roads parallel to this 27.7-kilometre-long stretch of National Highway-8 in a bid to reduce traffic volume on the main carriageway.
But, the ambitious proposal hasn’t gone beyond the planning stage even in five years because of the persistent problems which plague anything and everything that has to do with the expressway — blame game and land problems.
Besides taking the pressure off the main thoroughfare, the proposed parallel roads are aimed at separating local traffic from the inter-state ones. Although experts say this is a necessity given the increased vehicular traffic on the expressway, none of the concerned authorities have taken any conclusive step so far.
As the workflow demands, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), being the custodian authority of the expressway, has to take up the matter with the state government and the local authority — the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda).
A senior NHAI official told Hindustan Times that the plan had already been discussed several times in high-level meetings with the Haryana government.
According to him, Huda had even agreed to transfer 15-metre-wide strips of land on both sides of the green belt along the highway in Gurgaon for the sector roads. However, the official rues, the discussions never gave way to anything concrete.
“Later, Huda said it would construct sector roads parallel to the expressway,” said the NHAI official referring to a meeting held earlier with Huda and NHAI officials on February 13, 2012 in Delhi. But the promises were not met eventually.
According to the NHAI, neither did Huda transfer the land nor did it construct the roads.
Reportedly, the NHAI has repeatedly requested for the strips of land since then, but to no avail. The Huda, however, begs to differ.
“The NHAI never submitted a concrete plan on how it will use the green belt land,” said a Huda official.
Meanwhile, the city traffic police blame both the NHAI and the Huda for not doing the needful to decongest the main carriageway which has to accommodate lakhs of vehicles every day.