One carriageway of Delhi-Gurgaon expressway at Hero Honda chowk to open on Saturday
Commuters hassled by snarls on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway have some relief coming their way. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials said that one side of the Hero Honda Chowk flyover — from Manesar to New Delhi — will be opened to traffic on Saturday.gurgaon Updated: Mar 22, 2017 22:55 IST
Commuters hassled by snarls on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway have some relief coming their way. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials said that one side of the Hero Honda Chowk flyover — from Manesar to New Delhi — will be opened to traffic on Saturday.
The NHAI officials said more than a lakh vehicles on the Manesar- Delhi route pass via the Hero Honda Chowk every day.
The 1.4km flyover is expected to significantly reduce snarls at the major intersection that witnesses heavy traffic from Jaipur, Pataudi, Manesar and other parts of northern Gurgaon.
“Except for the installation of streetlights, work on one side of the flyover is almost complete and will be opened before March 25,” Ashok Sharma, project manager, NHAI, said.
Sharma added that electric poles have been put up and only the installation of LED lights is pending on that side of the flyover.
The work on the flyover, built at a cost of over Rs 145 crore, began on February 2015 with Valecha Engineering Ltd selected as the concessionaire for the project.
The deadline for the project is May 27, 2017, but NHAI officials said it is unlikely that the flyover will be ready by then.
On the other side of the flyover — from New Delhi to Manesar— a restaurant and a petrol pump are in the way of its construction. There is still no clarity when the situation will change and the structures will be demolished.
The NHAI officials said once one side of the flyover is opened, the diversion road for traffic from Manesar to Delhi will be blocked and “the extra space” will be used for construction work.
Work on the project was accelerated last July after rainwater failed to find its way into Badshahpur drain because of the flyover construction. This had led to Hero Honda Chowk being inundated, triggering massive snarls on the expressway that lasted nearly 48 hours.
The district administration then directed NHAI to complete at least one carriageway of the flyover so that there are no more hindrances to rainwater reaching Badshahpur drain.
Meeting to tackle waterlogging
To ensure there is no repeat of last year’s waterlogging crisis at Hero Honda Chowk, the Haryana government has directed district officials to conduct a meeting every 10 days to review monsoon preparations. It also directed officials to inform the government immediately if resources or manpower for the project is low.
Chief secretary DS Dhesi issued these orders on Wednesday. Dhesi also disclosed that a detailed project report to tackle the waterlogging crisis at Hero Honda Chowk estimates an expenditure of over Rs 175 crore, for which Rs 15 crore has already been released.