After three failed attempts to decongest the Hero Honda Chowk on the Gurgaon Expressway due to land acquisition bottlenecks, it seems the proposed multi-level building based on a Japanese design might finally rid the crossing of its perennial traffic nightmares.
In the recent past, three remedies — construction of a flyover, underpass and subway — have been enthusiastically proposed and respectively stuck down as the crossing falls on a populated urban stretch of Millennium City which makes land acquisition impractical.
The latest in the series of decongestion ideas is to build an elevated road over and above the existing highway between Hero Honda Crossing and Kherki Daula Toll Plaza. The idea, proposed by Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh, was turned down by the ministry of surface transport and highway owning to its estimated cost of Rs. 300 crore.
Further, a proposed flyover with cloverleaves could not see the light of day as it required 25 acres of land. Subsequently, a 1.4 km proposed subway plan got shelved as it required eight acres of land to be acquired.
At such time, the ministry of surface transport and highways coming up with an idea of a multi-storey building with a stretch of the Delhi-Jaipur national highway (NH-8) passing through it sounds like a feasible idea.
The building will be modelled on the 16-storey Gate Tower in Osaka, Japan where a stretch of the Hanshin Expressway passes through its 5th and 7th floors.
The road transport & highways ministry has proposed that the NH-8 branch out into three or four elevated stretches inside the building, segregating local and interstate traffic and eventually joining the rest of the highway through cloverleaf roads.
"Hero Honda Crossing is already a busy stretch and that is why I suggested the union ministry to construct an elevated road.
However, the idea could not be materialised. If a solution in the form of a multi-storey building with 2-3 highway passages could solve the congestion problem, it will be a boon for lakhs of commuters as well as locals since the project will require very little land. Land availability at this junction is an issue," said Rao Inderjit Singh.
Hero Honda Crossing is the only junction on the Expressway where neither of the proposed models of crossover facilities such as flyover with cloverleaves, underpass and subway could be worked out.