Good news for thousands of pedestrians braving the speeding vehicles daily to cross the Gurgaon Expressway.
The Haryana government has started work on two of the five proposed foot over bridges on this fast stretch. Two bridges between the busy Shankar Chowk and IFFCO Chowk would be ready before March 2009, claimed public works department (PWD) officials. The foot over bridges will be 8-9 metres high and three metres wide.
Early this year, after Hindustan Times extensively reported how lack of pedestrian facilities posed a danger to thousands of people living on either sides of the expressway, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had taken up the matter Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.R. Balu. Balu had conceded to his request for five foot over bridges and two under passes.
Over 35 pedestrians were killed on the 18-km stretch between Rao Tula Ram Marg and 42nd Milestone in 2007.
Executive engineer of PWD, V.K. Sharma, said the contract for the two bridges between Shankar Chowk and IFFCO Chowk has been given to a private sector company. "The company has been awarded the contract at a total cost of Rs 4.25 crore and the bridges are expected to be ready by March next year. The tender process for two more bridges — one near Rajiv Chowk (Khandsa village) and another near Nargingpur — has also begun. We will have to acquire land for the fifth one at the 39th milestone near Kherki Daula village," he said.