Abhishek Behl

Abhishek Behl is principal correspondent, Hindustan Times in Gurgaon Bureau. He covers infrastructure, planning and civic agencies in the city. He has been covering Gurgaon as correspondent for the last 10 years, and has written extensively on the city.

Articles by Abhishek Behl

Working on land transfer for 3.2km road revamp project, says GMDA

The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) aims to resolve issues regarding land acquisition for the upgradation of a 3.2 km road between Hero Honda Chowk and Umang Bhardwaj Chowk. The priority is acquiring 5 acres of land, shifting a power substation, and removing encroachments. The GMDA officials plan to transfer the land to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to begin the upgradation project. The NHAI recently put the project on hold due to obstacles in obtaining the necessary land. The stretch is known for heavy traffic and frequent jams during peak hours.

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Updated on Dec 02, 2023 05:52 AM IST
By, Gurugram

GMDA set to transfer 30-acre land to NHAI for Kherki Daula toll shift

The Kherki Daula toll plaza in Gurugram, India, is set to be shifted to Panchgaon, as the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority plans to transfer around 30 acres of land to the National Highways Authority of India within a month. The move is expected to reduce traffic congestion and pollution on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway.

The shifting of Kherki Daula toll plaza will drastically reduce traffic congestion, particularly on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 11:59 PM IST

NHAI begins work to upgrade service roads along NH-48

The highway authority has taken up the work of overlaying the service roads from Dharuhera flyover to Masani bridge, as this section is the worst-affected near Rewari

The highway stretch from Kherki Daula to Haryana border is 64km in length and the highway authority said that the main carriageway has been overlaid completely. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 05:22 AM IST

Gurugram civic body hires private agency to register pet dogs

The agency will store ownership and vaccination data using microchips that will be inserted into the animals

The agency has been asked to hold door-to-door campaigns at such houses for the registration process. (FILE)
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 05:16 AM IST

NHAI begins closing illegal, accident prone exits on Delhi-Jaipur highway

Officials said the exits near Sidhrawali village and the Hero factory were also closed, as they had become a major accident spot, with pedestrians and two-wheelers getting frequently hit while trying to cross the highway

NHAI has closed 14 illegal exits between Daruhera and Masani Barrage on both sides of the road. (FILE)
Updated on Nov 29, 2023 05:10 AM IST

Gurugram: Chintels seeks admin’s nod to barricade unsafe towers

Society’s RWA said it would not allow demolition to start till the final settlement of all affected owners is completed

The developer wrote a letter to the district administration and town and country planning department on Monday. (Parveen Kumar)
Updated on Nov 28, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Delay in land transfer puts Gurugram road expansion project on back burner: Highways authority

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has temporarily halted a road expansion project in Gurugram due to delays in land transfer and the proposed construction of an elevated road. NHAI will focus on other projects for now and hand over the repaired road to the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority. The stretch between Hero Honda Chowk and Umang Bhardwaj Chowk is one of the busiest in the city.

The stretch between Hero Honda Chowk and Umang Bhardwaj Chowk is one of the busiest stretches in the city (Parveen Kumar)
Updated on Nov 28, 2023 05:44 AM IST

Chintels residents demand full settlement before demolition

Residents of the Chintels Paradiso condominium in Gurugram, India, have decided to submit a set of demands to the district administration and department of town and country planning. They are seeking financial settlement, payment of rent, safety measures, and submission of pending audit reports before the demolition of unsafe towers can take place. The residents are also requesting compensation for flat owners and the option to reconstruct flats instead of receiving compensation. They want the safety of occupied towers to be ensured and for safety measures to be agreed upon in writing.

A team of demolition experts visited Chintels Paradiso condominium on Friday and asked the developer to take a few measures in the run-up to the demolition, which will take around six to seven months (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 10:26 PM IST

Haryana implements ‘no work, no pay’ policy on striking civic body employees

The order further said that if salaries are paid during the strike period, disciplinary action will also be taken against officers concerned

MCG on Friday said it has identified a place in Sector 37 for sanitation workers to hold their protest. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 05:34 AM IST

Gurugram Chintels may not go down like Noida twin towers

Manual demolition will likely be carried out to raze the five unsafe towers in Chintels Paradiso instead of controlled blasting, according to the developer. A team of demolition consultants visited the society in Sector 109 on Friday to assess the buildings and outline a plan for the manual demolition, using modern machines and deploying labourers. The developer has hired Edifice Engineering, which demolished the Noida twin towers, for the job. The plan for demolition will be submitted to the administration for approval.

The Supertech “twin towers” in Noida were brought down after a controlled implosion in August 2022. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 05:30 AM IST

Gurugram’s Bandhwari toll plaza to soon get FASTag system

The Bandhwari toll plaza on Gurugram-Faridabad expressway will soon have a smart FASTag-based fees collection system to reduce traffic congestion.

All procedural formalities to install the RFID [radio frequency identification] system have been cleared. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 06:04 AM IST

Gurugram civic body sacks 2 sanitation workers, suspends one over corruption charges

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram has terminated the services of two sanitation workers arrested on corruption charges, and suspended a third worker. The workers have been on strike for 41 days, demanding higher salaries, job regularization, and reinstatement of laid-off workers. The workers claim that the arrests were an attempt to end the strike. The corporation has formed a committee to investigate the matter.

Sanitation workers protest on Tuesday. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2023 06:30 AM IST

NHAI: Cracks on Gurugram’s Iffco Chowk barricaded off

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has barricaded a damaged portion of the Iffco Chowk flyover and called in experts for advice on repairing the expansion joint. Two cracks have developed on the flyover, and traffic will be allowed on only two lanes on the affected stretch. It is estimated that the repair work will take around one week to complete.

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Updated on Nov 22, 2023 06:28 AM IST

GMDA to bring in AI, set up control room to upgrade its grievance redressal system

The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority is upgrading its grievance redressal system to resolve citizens' complaints about civic infrastructure and amenities more quickly. The new system will integrate various complaint channels such as helpline, website, social media, and WhatsApp, and will be linked to a centralised platform that can be tracked by citizens. The authority plans to set up a control room and use smart software systems and AI to track complaints. The system will also be integrated with utility billing systems and other government and civic services. The CEO has approved various proposals, including desilting sewer lines and installing traffic lights.

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Updated on Nov 22, 2023 06:24 AM IST

Gurugram industries say HC order welcome, needed

Local industrialists said after the law was proposed, many units slowed down their expansion, and a few even had plans to shift to neighbouring Rajasthan

The court’s decision was a major relief for the private industry, particularly for BPO firms. (HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 18, 2023 12:10 AM IST

GMDA to install speed limit signboards on Gurugram roads

The decision was made after the district road safety committee issued directions that the speed limit should be stipulated for all city roads

The speed on most major city roads is between 20km/hr and 60km/hr depending on the right of way available on each road, GMDA said. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 05:27 PM IST
By, Gurugram

Road widening: HSVP allots alternative plot to CNG pump near Hero Honda Chowk

The land is needed for the widening of the 3.2km stretch between Hero Honda Chowk and Umang Bhardwaj Chowk

The fuel pump was hindering the widening of the stretch from Hero Honda Chowk to Umang Bhardwaj Chowk. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 05:08 AM IST

Khattar, Gurugram MP inaugurate 109.14cr Vatika Chowk underpass

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and MP Rao Inderjit Singh inaugurated a new underpass at Vatika Chowk in Gurugram, costing ₹109.14 crore. The 822-metre underpass aims to provide signal-free movement of vehicles on Golf Course extension road and southern peripheral road. The underpass was constructed by NHAI on behalf of GMDA. The CM stated that the underpass will boost Gurugram's development and improve traffic movement in the city.

CM Manohar Lal Khattar (left) and MP Rao Inderjit Singh open the Vatika Chowk underpass on Friday. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 11, 2023 06:18 AM IST

Schools from nursery till Class 5 shut in Gurugram

All government and private schools from pre-nursery to class five in Gurugram district will remain closed due to high levels of air pollution.

At Tau Devi Lal Samriti Park in Gurugram’s Sector 23 on Monday morning. Air quality in the city remained in the very poor category with an average air quality index (AQI) reading of 373. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 07, 2023 05:38 AM IST

Gurugram scrambles to fight ‘very poor’ air

Deputy commissioner Nishant Yadav directed that mechanised sweeping should be carried out by agencies to reduce dust pollution

The Delhi-Gurugram expressway in smoggy weather at Iffco Chowk flyover on Friday. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 04, 2023 05:30 AM IST

Road fatalities rose by 4.4% in Haryana in 2022, shows transport ministry data

Haryana was ranked 14th among states with the highest number of accidents, while last year it was ranked 13th

The number of road accidents in the state also rose from 9,933 in 2021 to 10,429 in 2022, which is 5% rise year on year, showed the data. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 03, 2023 05:12 AM IST

Foundation stone to be laid for Haryana orbital rail on November 3

The Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor project is expected be completed in five years, according to officials

Gurugram DC Nishant Yadav during an investigation visit for the foundation stone laying ceremony of HORC project scheduled on Friday. (HT)
Published on Nov 01, 2023 10:51 PM IST

NHAI takes traffic police’s help to end speeding on Delhi-Mumbai Expressway

NHAI officials said violations captured by their cameras, pertaining to speeding, wrong parking and lane changing are being shared with the traffic police

According to details shared by Gurugram police, 24 fines were issued for speeding and two for lane change in the past 15 days. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 01, 2023 10:49 PM IST

Safety audit of Dwarka Expressway in Gurugram on, road likely to open by November-end

The highways authority also plans to partially open the stretch under package one and two in Delhi by February next year

Dwarka Expressway is being constructed in four packages and, of the total 29km, 10.1km falls in Delhi. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 06:36 AM IST
By, Gurugram

NHAI seeks nod to remove 495 trees for Gurugram-Pataudi-Rewari Expressway

Most of these trees are on a private farmhouse whose land was acquired by NHAI for the expressway project

The land in Garhi-Harsaru where NHAI has sought permission to transplant or fell trees. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2023 05:16 AM IST
By, Gurugram

30,000 saplings planted on Dwarka e-way in Gurugram

Around 30,000 saplings have been planted on the central verge of the Dwarka Expressway in Delhi, with an additional 1 million hedges to be added. The aim is to create a dense green cover to tackle pollution and cool the area. Automatic sprinklers have been installed to ensure the plants receive sufficient water. The project, being undertaken by Larsen & Toubro, is nearing completion. Additionally, four "mini forests" will be developed on the cloverleaf.

Saplings planted along the Dwarka Expressway, in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Updated on Oct 14, 2023 05:58 AM IST

Builder told to expedite refunds to flat owners of unsafe Chintels towers

The district administration has directed the developer of Chintels Paradiso condominium in Gurugram to speed up refunds to flat owners in unsafe towers. So far, 121 out of 288 affected residents have consented to a refund, with 75 taking a full refund. The state government ordered a structural audit of the condominium after a partial collapse in February that killed two residents. Towers D, E, F, G, and H have been declared unsafe due to high chloride content in the concrete. The developer has paid around INR 115 crore to flat owners who have settled with them.

The structural audit of the entire condominium was ordered by the state government after six floors of the Tower D collapsed partially on February 10, 2022, killing two women residents. (HT Archive)
Updated on Oct 14, 2023 06:00 AM IST

NHAI to start repair of Delhi-Gurugram e-way service lanes from November

GMDA will also build a stormwater drain or lay a pipeline to prevent waterlogging on the Hero Honda Chowk-Narsinghpur stretch

The stretch from Hero Honda Chowk to Kherki Daula is 6km long and has developed several large potholes and bitumen surface has been eroded, making it difficult for commuters to drive on it. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2023 05:50 AM IST

Work to connect Delhi-Mumbai e-way with Trans-Haryana highway to start soon

Officials said the link will provide seamless connectivity to commuters travelling from states up north to Jaipur and further towards Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat

According to the NHAI, the 86.5km highway will connect the southern end of the trans-Haryana Expressway to the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway at Baroda Mev. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Updated on Oct 11, 2023 05:42 AM IST

20-day survey finds over 600 vehicles speeding daily on Delhi-Mumbai e-way: NHAI

Vehicles clocking over 200 kmph on the Delhi-Mumbai expressway has raise alarm bells among officials

Currently, an average of 22,000 vehicles use the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and the number is rising gradually, said the highway authority. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 09, 2023 10:48 PM IST
By, Gurugram
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