Long traffic jams on the 2.7-km-stretch between Dhaula Kuan and RTR Flyover on National Highway No. 8 are likely to be over by October as the National Highway of Authority of India (NHAI) has awarded the contract of strengthening this stretch to a private sector firm for Rs. 11.56 crore.
The entire expenditure of the project would be borne by the NHAI itself and the stretch would not be tolled, the NHAI officials have clarified.
However, decision on the proposal of constructing an elevated 8-lane stretch on this road parallel to the under-construction Metro Airport Expressway Line on this 6-lane NH-8 has been put off because of lack of time left for the start of the Commonwealth Games, NHAI officials said.
According to NHAI officials, the contract included overlay of the existing six-lane road by another layer, setting up of median fencing, crash barriers, road signage and horticulture and maintenance of the stretch and services for a year.
R K Singh, chief general manager (CGM), NHAI said it was a short term bid invited by the authority in view of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in October.
The idea was to make the stretch easy for motorists who come here either from Gurgaon Expressway (RTR side) or from the Dhaula Kuan interchange, Singh added.
As of now, traffic movement gets affected adversely, especially during the peak hours, between Dhaula Kuan and RTR flyover because of narrow and uneven roads.
While commenting on the proposal of constructing an elevated eight-lane stretch on the existing road, Singh said since very little time remained for the Games to begin, the decision had been put off and the matter would be taken up after the Games were over.
“NHAI has already written to the Delhi Government for taking over the stretch between Dhaula Kuan and RTR flyover and constructing an eight-lane elevated road here on its own,” Singh said.
NHAI has already submitted the feasibility study on the eight-lane elevated stretch project to the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure Planning and Engineering Centre (UTTIPAC) for its approval.
Conducted by a private sector consultancy firm, Stup Consultants, the study had suggested an eight-lane wide elevated stretch along the under-construction Metro Airport Expressway Line, which is parallel to the existing six-lane National Highway No. 8.