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Residents take authorities’ claim on project completion with a pinch of salt

india Updated: May 09, 2012 00:41 IST
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The upcoming 8.3 km Huda-DLF Sector Road connecting Cyber City to the Golf Course Road will be the first major ‘intra-city’ signal-free road in Gurgaon.

The project has provided a ray of hope to city residents who daily grapple with traffic jams and long queues of vehicles.

This is unlike the upcoming Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) or the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) — both of which will be inter-city roads.

The 16-lane toll-free road will provide commuters with an uninterrupted drive all along the stretch.

Residents of DLF Phases 1, 2, 4 and 5, condominiums like Belvedere Park and Belvedere Tower, Sectors 55, 56, 58, 59, 60 and 61 will largely benefit from the road project.

“It will be a dream come true. Traffic jams have become the order of the day. It is difficult to pass through city roads,” said Sudhir Kapoor, secretary general, DLF City Resident Welfare Association.

“Residents hope that green belts are not eaten up for construction of the sector road,” he added.

“The new road will help ease traffic chaos on the road stretch which daily witnesses long jams,” said Kapoor.

The new sector road will also be a boon for residents of Gurgaon-Faridabad road.

“I work at the Cyber City. Driving on the signal-free stretch while returning home will be a completely new experience for me,” said Kapil Anand, who stays in one of the apartments near Gual Pahari.

“It takes me an hour during the peak hours to reach office. I always get stuck in jams at traffic signals. With the new road, my travel time will considerably decrease,” added Anand.

“It is a tough task to find one’s way through traffic jams. Even though I leave home early, I reach late at work. It takes a lot of time to pass through traffic signals,” said Aarti Kapoor, a local resident.

“The road is the need of the hour,” she added.

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‘We are doing our best... the project will be completed on time’

Praveen Kumar, Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority, Gurgaon.

Though the Haryana government had accorded its approval to the Huda-DLF Road in 2008, why is the project still in the bidding stage?

It is not a question of delay. There are several other projects coming up along the Golf Course Road which require an effective and balanced design. All the designs and factors have been kept in mind as well as the concerns of people living along the road. All this took a lot of time.

Did the issue of cost sharing between Huda and DLF lead to the delay?

To some extent. However, everything has been worked out now. Besides this, Huda will share almost 50% of the total cost of the Huda-DLF Road project.

More than six months have already passed to invite bids after the agreement was signed last year. It will take more time to scrutinise these and award the bid. Do we expect the project to be completed within the stipulated time, i.e. by September 2014? Or there could be more hurdles? Will the project be delayed? We are doing our best and will try to meet the deadline.

Is there any possibility of making the Huda-DLF Road a toll road in future as it is going to cost a whopping R400-600 crore as per the present estimate?

It will be a toll-free road only.