The much-awaited underpass at Hero Honda Chowk — one of the busiest crossings on the Gurgaon Expressway — is set to become a reality.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has approved the concept design of the 1.4-km-long underpass, which will provide relief to thousands of commuters, including pedestrians, who take long detours to cross over the expressway. This is going to be the first crossover underpass on the Gurgaon Expressway.
The NHAI and the Haryana government will equally bear the cost of the underpass — around Rs 100 crore —that will have two cloverleaves.
Underpasses at the Hero Honda and Kapashera crossings were planned along with the expressway but red tape and bureaucratic hurdles delayed the approvals. The expressway was thrown open last year without the underpasses causing immense inconvenience to thousands of commuters. No decision, however, has been taken on the Kapashera underpass.
A committee of technical experts consisting of engineers-in-chief of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Public Works Department (PWD), NHAI and others had shown the green light for the Hero Honda underpass in early 2007 only but delay in acquisition of 25 acres land delayed the project.
According to an NHAI official, a private sector consultancy firm prepared the concept design. The detailed project report was likely to be ready by March-end, he said.
"Initially, we will construct the underpass without cloverleaves as we have just eight acres of land. We require 25 acres for the entire project. After we get the detailed project report, we will invite global tenders. The project is likely to cost about Rs 70-100 crore depending on the final design and will take 18-24 months to be completed," he added.
Initially, the government wanted to build a cross-flyover but changed plan. According to NHAI officials, the underpass will be constructed below the expressway without disrupting traffic using the "push-in technology".
"After receiving the study prepared by consultancy firm Scot Wilson, we cleared the project as an underpass in place of a flyover. It is up to NHAI to start working on the final design that has a provision for cloverleaves and rotaries," said a Haryana official.