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Phase 1 of road linking Delhi, Manesar okayed

The first phase will be developed by connecting the expressway with Mehrauli-Gurugram (MG) Road and Gurugram-Faridabad Road (GFR), said NHAI officials.

gurgaon Updated: Aug 28, 2018 15:47 IST
Abhishek Behl
Abhishek Behl
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
GSPR,GFR,Gurugram
Gurugram-Faridabad road remains popular with cyclists, runners, and bikers but is full of hazards, in Gurugram.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has approved the first phase of the 40-km-long Gurgaon-Manesar Expressway, also known as the Greater Southern Peripheral Road (GSPR), officials said on Monday. The proposed road will act as a ring road to the city on the eastern side by connecting the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on NH-48 with IMT Manesar.

The first phase will be developed by connecting the expressway with Mehrauli-Gurugram (MG) Road and Gurugram-Faridabad Road (GFR), said NHAI officials. The timeline for the project is yet to be finalised.

“The first phase has been approved by the authority, and it will now be executed on the ground after getting the necessary clearances from different authorities. It will greatly help in decongesting the highway,” said Ashok Sharma, project director, NHAI.

According to the highway authority’s plan, the proposed road will traverse along the boundary wall of Rajokri airforce station and then turn right towards south to connect with MG Road. The first phase between the expressway and the GFR would be 6.5 km long, of which 2.2 km stretch will pass through Delhi. The road will be passing through Dhanchiri camp and it will then turn right and enter village Nathupur, where it will intersect with a proposed 3 km extension of Nelson Mandela Marg, said officials.

Rao Narbir Singh, Haryana Public Works Department (PWD) minister, said that this road was necessary to decongest Gurugram and provide an alternative to the national highway.

The proposed 3 km extension of Nelson Mandela Marg in Delhi that will connect the GSPR with Rangpuri bypass is expected to facilitate connectivity with Delhi. The Nelson Mandela Extension Road will be passing through the forest area, provided permission comes through. It will play a key role in decongesting the expressway and the MG Road, as it is expected to take a heavy load of vehicles, said officials.

“The only roadblock in the completion of the road could be the availability of funds as thousands of crores are needed to buy land for building this road through Gurugram,” said a state government official privy to the plan.

The Haryana government had envisaged this road as part of the Gurugram-Manesar urban complex, 2031. The objective of building this road was to reduce the burden on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and MG Road. The road would also be a natural foil to the Dwarka Expressway, which, though delayed, will act as a ring road to the city on its western side.

The Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) had in 2016 started the land acquisition process, when some land owners had challenged the process in the Punjab and Haryana court. The court had vacated the stay in November last year and the HSVP is likely to resume land acquisition. The project will require 395 acres of land in different Gurugram villages that the HSVP will acquire and hand over to the NHAI.

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 04:58 IST