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NHAI says no to elevated track over expressway

india Updated: Dec 27, 2011 00:50 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

The decongestion of traffic between Rajiv Chowk and Kherki Daula toll plaza does not seem possible in the near future as the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has turned down the proposal of constructing an elevated track over the existing expressway.

Also, the proposed underpasses and subways as an alternative solution have been caught in the cost-sharing tangle.

The NHAI has dropped the proposal of building the 8-km elevated stretch beyond Rajiv Chowk, saying the construction process would further disrupt traffic movement.

It has also refused to bear 50% of the cost of the subways and underpasses which were proposed as an alternative to ensure smooth vehicular movement on the stretch.

“We have asked the Haryana government to bear 67% of the cost with Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) sharing 33% each. We would bear 33% of the cost,” said a senior NHAI official.

The official said that the highway authority has also rejected the proposal of the expressway operator firm for the construction of an elevated road over and above the existing expressway between Rajiv Chowk and Kherki Daula toll plaza.

According to the official, the NHAI which has already been facing wrath of commuters for slow movement of traffic on the stretch has washed its hands off due to the huge estimated costs.

The eight-km elevated stretch was estimated to cost R300 crore as the entire structure was to be erected on concrete pillars. On the other hand, the cost for constructing underpasses and subways was expected to be around R100 crore.

The decongestion plan was laid out after the member of parliament from Gurgaon, Rao Inderjit Singh, NHAI chairman and union transport secretary A K Upadhyay and other officials visited the stretch in October to get a first-hand experience of the problems faced by commuters.

Thousands of motorists travel on the stretch daily and get stuck in hour-long snarls especially during peak rush hours.