Gurugram roads will be landscaped with cycle tracks, greenery
Officials said that the consultant for the project submitted a detailed project report (DPR) in this regard to the GMDA last week, detailing landscaping work, which is likely to be done in four phases under corporate social responsibility.Updated: Apr 26, 2019 00:01 IST
The longstanding plan of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) to landscape the roads from Iffco Chowk to Golf Course Extension Road (GCE) is likely to be implemented after the election is over.
Officials privy to the matter said that the consultant for the project submitted a detailed project report (DPR) in this regard to the GMDA last week, detailing landscaping work, which is likely to be done in four phases under corporate social responsibility (CSR).
For the beautification, a 60-metre wide road connecting the MG Road and the Delhi Gurgaon Expressway at Golf Course Extension Road, via Huda City Centre Metro station, Gold Souk, Apparel House, Ardee City, Power Grid, Biodiversity Park, Hong Kong Mall and Wazirabad, spanning 7.4 kilometres, has been selected.
Officials said that the work will be undertaken in four phases.
“In Phase 1,, the road between Iffco Chowk and Huda City Centre Metro station will be landscaped or redeveloped. The length of this segment is 2.2 kilometres and the timeline (for completing the work) is six months, from the date of allotment of work to a private corporate group under the CSR,” a GMDA official who is familiar with the matter said.
According to the DPR, the landscaping will include creating dedicated cycle lanes on both sides, setting up autorickshaw pick-up and drop points, demarcating walkways, pedestrians road crossing signage, building an amphitheatre, maintaining green belts and installing public toilets.
Jitender Mittal, GMDA chief engineer, said, “The plan is at an advanced stage and is likely to be allotted to a corporate group under the CSR scheme of the GMDA. Work may begin by May-end.”
In the second phase, work will be undertaken on the segment of the road from the Huda City Centre Metro station to Acme crossing, spanning 1.5 kilometres. In the third phase, work will be undertaken on the 2.3-kilometre stretch from the Acme crossing to Wazirabad Chowk, while work from the Wazirabad Chowk to Golf Course Extension Road, spanning 1.4 kilometres, will be undertaken in the fourth phase.
“The GMDA’s objective is to form a green corridor and create a walking and cycle circuit throughout the city, with zero hindrance,” said the official, adding that it is necessary to improve the environmental condition of a particular region and maintain the ecological balance.
The GMDA, on the other hand, is constructing a flyover on the road leading from Vyapar Kendra towards Fortis hospital to decongest Huda City Centre intersection for better traffic movement. Construction of the flyover, however, will necessitate felling of many trees. The Vyapar Kendra-Fortis Hospital road intersects the stretch from Iffco Chowk to Golf Course Extension Road at the Huda City Centre crossing.
Romel Mehta, a retired professor who worked with the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, said, “City roads are not friendly to cyclists, pedestrians and two-wheelers. Pavements are encroached upon, green belts are not maintained properly and there is no system of enforcement to check the haphazard parking menace at all. The landscaping plan is good, but the authority should ensure its maintenance, which will help the city residents in the long run.”
First Published: Apr 25, 2019 23:48 IST