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Diwali bonanza for Delhi continues

The series of surprise gifts for motorists continued even after Diwali in Faridabad.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2010 00:14 IST
Prabhu Razdan

The series of surprise gifts for motorists continued even after Diwali in Faridabad. After a portion of the Badarpur flyover was thrown open a few days ago as a Diwali gift, the company constructing the flyover said it has no plans to cut short the joyride for motorists for the time being.

Although motorists will later have to pay a toll tax, the company had earlier promised that the trial run would be toll-free till Diwali festival.

“The free ride will continue even after Diwali for more than a fortnight, when the entire flyover on both sides is expected to get fully operational,” the Hindustan Construction Company officials said.

Earlier, the company had offered a toll-free run on one side of the elevated stretch only till Diwali.

The HCC, which is constructing the 4.4-km flyover connecting Faridabad with New Delhi, had thrown open almost half of the lane from Delhi side a few days ago.

"About 2-km portion of second lane of the flyover was thrown open around 6 pm on Thursday, a day before Diwali," a senior HCC officer said, adding that the portion was thrown open for the commuters from Delhi to Faridabad in order to facilitate work going on under the flyover.

The work on the R340-crore project was entrusted to the HCC under public- private partnership.

The four-km flyover starts from Delhi at NTPC Chowk( in Badarpur area) and ends at Sector 37 in Faridabad.