No lights but road to take toll

Gurgaon-Faridabad road, which is likely to be inaugurated in April, does not have provision for streetlights, making it dangerous for motorists.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2012 00:59 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times

It’s touted as a blessing for commuters travelling between Gurgaon and Faridabad. But the 24-km Gurgaon-Faridabad Road —which is expected to be commissioned as a toll road by April — transforms into a dangerous stretch at night. Reason: There are no streetlights.

Shockingly enough, Reliance Infrastructure Limited, the concessionaire, which constructed the 4-lane road — from Bristol Chowk in Gurgaon to T-point at Sector 49 in Faridabad — has no plans whatsoever to install street lights along the stretch, as lighting was not part of its pact with the Haryana government.

However, the concessionaire firm, which is currently installing reflectors and other arrow signs at curves and T-junctions, said it will install six high mast lights, but only at vulnerable locations.

“We have so far identified six vulnerable spots. We will provide high mast lights there and proper signs will also be put in place,” said an official in the concessionaire.

The road with many twist and turns and sharp curves remains a dark patch, making it dangerous for commuters travelling in the evening hours. Adding to the woes, the commuters frequenting between the two Haryana cities would have to pay for their travel on this spiral road meandering through the Aravalies. Moreover, there is heavy movement of trucks loaded with building materials.

Meanwhile, the concessionaire firm has sought permission from the Haryana government to collect toll from March 25 after which the stretch can be thrown open commercially.

“I have been travelling frequently to-and-fro Faridabad. In the night, commuting through sharp curves without light is frightening. I have seen accidents and also killing of innocent wild animals at curves by speedy vehicles,” said S Oberoi, a resident of Gurgaon.

“The government should have made provisions for proper lighting on the road, dominated by trucks loaded with building material, as there are a number of crusher zones along the road,” Oberoi said.

Final touches are being given to the road in the form of signages on sharp turns, installations of reflectors, bus shelters at accident-prone junctions.

First Published: Mar 23, 2012 00:58 IST