• Around 12%work on expressway underpasses completed, DC reviews progress

    Around 12% of the work on the three underpasses on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway has been completed in the last two months. One side of the flyover at Hero Honda chowk will be completed by March 31 and will become operational by the first week of April.

    The dates were announced in a review meeting chaired by Gurgaon deputy commissioner Hardeep Singh, who inspected the project sites on Saturday along with National Highways Authority (NHAI) officials.

    The Delhi to Jaipur side of the much-awaited flyover at Hero Honda Chowk on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway is likely to open in the beginning of April, reducing the traffic load on the expressway.

    The 1.4km-long flyover is being constructed as part of three-layer crossing — flyover, underpass and at grade road. Work on the underpass at the junction is also on the fast track.

    As far as the work of the underpasses at the three junctions — Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower Chowk and Rajiv Chowk — is concerned, it was informed at the meeting that in the last two months about 12% work has been completed.

    The total cost of this project is Rs 1,005 crore and the likely date of completion is March 2019. But the NHAI is aiming to complete the project ahead of schedule — by the end of 2018.

    At Rajiv Chowk, the construction of a two-lane underpass on either side for signal-free traffic movement via Sohna-Gurgaon Road is underway. A two-lane underpass for traffic coming from Medanta Hospital towards Delhi and an underpass rotary for non-motorised vehicles and pedestrians across the NH-8, connecting all four arms of the main junction are also progressing.

    The NHAI authorities said the parking area near Rajiv Chowk will be handed over to public works department in about 20 days and the PWD will carry out the pavement work. This will help in keeping the dust from flying and bring down the pollution level.

    Singh assured the highway authorities that all help will be accorded to them to ensure that the project is completed within the stipulated time as these underpasses are crucial for decongesting the city. Mikael Backlund Womens Jersey

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