Here’s a project set to buck a sorry trend. In fact, even better! In respite to commuters on the Chandigarh-Delhi highway, the flyover at Dera Bassi is set to be complete and operational by the end of this month, much before the deadline of July. The initial deadline of the project was October, but had been advanced.
The construction of the 1.14km, 20.5-m-wide flyover was started in October 2014. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had allotted the work to Gawar Constructions Limited, a Hisar-based private firm. Around 150 skilled and unskilled workers were on round-the-clock work for the flyover that stands on 33 pillars. There are also 10 dividers under the flyover that would make way for commuters under the flyover to turn towards Barwala and the main town of Dera Bassi, among other places. It is expected to reduce the travel time between Chandigarh and Ambala-Delhi by 30 minutes as the crossing here witnesses routine traffic jams.
Project director, NHAI, OC Mathur said, “The major roadblock in any project is land acquisition, but that was not an issue here. All necessary clearances were in place in time. We are not only hopeful of meeting the deadline, but also of completing it well before that.”
“The flyover would be opened by May 31,” said NK Sharma, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab government, and the local MLA. The flyover was initially meant to be 920 m, but the length was extended by 220 m. Even the width of the main road in Dera Bassi has been increased to 6 m now. An estimated 60,000 vehicles travel to, from and through Dera Bassi every day. No toll would be charged from commuters and the firm will maintain it for the next four years after completion.