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Expressway fencing starts

india Updated: Feb 23, 2009 00:23 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has finally started putting up a two-metre-high iron fencing on the median that stretches between Rao Tula Ram Marg (Delhi) and Kherki Daula village (at 42nd Milestone in Gurgaon), to discourage pedestrians from crossing the high-speed Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.

As many as 45 pedestrians have lost their lives and about 50 injured after being hit by speeding vehicles while they crossed this stretch, that doesn’t have a single foot overbridge between Palam junction and the 42nd milestone.

Two such overbridges on the Delhi side of the expressway are not used much because of negligible human movement. The stretch has just two subways at a distance of 18 km on the 27.7-km-long expressway.

The contract to erect the fencing has been awarded to a private sector firm for Rs 8.5 crore, NHAI officials said.

“This firm would erect 2-metre-high iron grills on a total of 18 km stretch on the median. Some of the places would not have fencing as there are no gaps in between. The firm would erect the fencing at some of the busiest intersections such as Udyog Vihar and IFFCO Chowk by March 31 while rest of the stretch would completed by May,” an official said.

A half-hearted effort by the NHAI to check pedestrians from using this stretch had been made earlier, when an iron net had been erected at select places, but the pedestrians tore them down.

The work on two foot overbridges between Shankar Chowk and IFFCO Chowk has been started by a private company that was awarded the contract by Haryana’s public works department at a cost of Rs 4.25 crore. These overbridges are supposed to be ready by March 31.

The tender process for two more foot overbridges — one at a point near Rajiv Chowk (Khandsa village) and the other at Narsinghpur — has also begun.