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Pedestrian facilities: RWAs threaten protest

gurgaon Updated: Feb 04, 2012 00:21 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

A number of resident welfare associations (RWAs) and panchayats under the aegis of the Joint Action Forum of Resident Welfare Associations (Jafra) have threatened to block the Gurgaon Expressway if talks between the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Haryana government — over constructing underpasses between Rajiv Chowk and Kherki Daula toll plaza — fail to bear fruit.

The issue attains gravity due to frequent incidents of pedestrians being mowed down by vehicles on the 7-km stretch. The meeting is scheduled to be held on February 17.

It is estimated that the total cost of the project is Rs314 crore and neither the Centre nor the state government seem willing to bear the expenses.

As per police records, 24 of the total 46 pedestrians, were killed by speeding vehicles between Delhi border and Kherki Daula toll plaza in 2011.

The e-way between Rao Tula Ram Marg and Kherki Daula toll plaza is 27.7-km-long.

The entire stretch between Hero-Honda Crossing and Kherki Daula toll plaza does not have underpasses and subways despite being densely populated on both sides.

“Gurgaon Expressway meanders through thickly-populated localities of the Millennium City. Thousands of people risk their lives while crossing the stretch every day. We will stage a massive agitation after February 17 if talks between NHAI and state government fail. We are also ready to face bullets from the police,” said Col Ratan Singh, Jafra chairman.

Sectors 10, 33, 34, 37 and upcoming sectors earmarked in the Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex 2025 are coming up on both sides of the stretch.

The villages include Begumpur Khatola, Khandsa, Naharpur Rupa, Kherki

Daula, Narsinghpur and Mohammadpur Jharsa etc.

Ashok Sharma, sarpanch of Naharpur Rupa, said, “We want underpasses and foot over bridges. We are not concerned who bears the cost.”

“The talks are likely to yield results since the top brass from the Centre and state government will discuss the issue of sharing the cost,” said K Venkatraman, chief project director, NHAI.