Soon, you can zip through Cyber City without worrying about traffic jams as the construction of a big-ticket road project is all set to begin today.
Christened Huda-DLF Sector Road, the Rs. 600-crore, 16-lane road will connect the the Delhi-Gurgaon toll plaza to Golf Course Road. Conceived around four years ago, the project had received in-principle approval from the Haryana government in 2008 at a total estimated cost of Rs. 347 crore then.
With 16 lanes, the 8.3-km stretch from Delhi-Gurgaon toll plaza to the Golf Course Road will reduce the travel time from 30 minutes at present to seven minutes.
The contract for the construction was awarded to the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS). Four companies (IL&FS, L&T, Punj Lloyd, Lanco) had submitted their bids on May 3 for scrutiny by leading project management company, Parsons Brinckerhoff.
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and realty major DLF signed an agreement in September 2011 to construct the road on a 50:50 cost-sharing basis by 2014.
DLF officials said the project will be completed within the stipulated time.
A revised concept study had been submitted by global design and planning firm AECOM last year. Design and engineering firm WSP was working on the project earlier.
With six underpasses and a flyover at the Sikanderpur junction, the project, once completed, will ease daily traffic snarls in Cyber City — a corporate hub with firms such as Pepsi, Dell, Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Coco-Cola, Hewlett Packard, Nokia, American Express, among others.
A dedicated corridor for commuters going from Sector 25 to Sector 55/56 will mitigate the traffic conflict. The construction plan also takes note of the expected increase in traffic volume along the Golf Course Road and the Southern Peripheral Road (known as the Golf Course Extension Road) over the next few years.
Dedicated utilities corridor will be constructed for sewerage, electric lines and telecom cables to avoid digging for maintenance. State of the art landscaping and road furniture will be the other highlights.
With a toll-free link in the making, experts believe corporate and residential rentals along the road are likely to witness a substantial hike.
The Huda had agreed to bear Rs. 162 crore of the cost out of the initial estimate of R347 crore in 2008 when the project was conceptualised. The DLF group will bear the remaining cost.