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Expressway: Relief for local traffic soon

india Updated: Jul 19, 2010 00:46 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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Widespread protests by residents of about a dozen HUDA sectors and villages situated along the Gurgaon Expressway between Rajiv Chowk and 42nd Milestone Toll Plaza to solve the problems related to crossing the six-lane expressway might have finally yielded some positive results.

A private consultancy agency appointed by the ministry of surface transport and highways has launched a traffic study on the Rajiv Chowk-42nd Milestone (Kherki Daula) toll plaza section of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.

This agency’s study will help the ministry decide whether to construct four flyovers and one subway or a single elevated six-lane track above the expressway.

There is just one subway on the entire nine-km stretch, forcing pedestrians to risk their lives by crossing the road on foot. The total length of the expressway between Rao Tula Ram Marg (New Delhi) and 42nd Milestone Toll Plaza near village Kherki Daula (Gurgaon) is 27.7 km.

There are nine flyovers, only two subways and a mere four foot over bridges (FOBs) on the entire stretch.

The National Highway Authority of India’s (NHAI) chief general manager R.K. Singh said his department had suggested two options for providing crossover facilities on the stretch.

“The first included building four flyovers and one subway, for Rs 300 crore. Another option is to construct an elevated 6-lane track on the whole stretch, allowing local traffic to use it for crossover and other purposes. This would amount to Rs 900 crore,” he said.