Rail underpass by year-end
A lot of delay has been caused due to various factors beyond our control.
The rail underpass (RUP) at Old Faridabad Chowk is likely to get completed by the end of the year despite the rain having played spoilsport, claim officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
HUDA officials believe the project will be completed by December 3
The project has missed several deadlines in the past but HUDA officials believe that they are going to complete the project by December 31.
In August this year, HUDA administrator Suprabha Dahiya, who had joined the department in Faridabad a few weeks before that, decided to provide sumps on both the sides of the rail track on the underpass.
Not ignoring the inundation of the under construction RUP in monsoon, Dahiya directed the engineering wing to contact the railway authorities for providing land near the rail tracks to make sumps to deal with the problem.
HUDA is constructing the approach roads to the underpass, while Northern Railway is constructing the portion of the underpass falling under the rail track.
A sump is an area at the bottom of a road into which water drains and is then pumped away to check waterlogging on the stretch. The sumps are going to check flooding under the rail track. This is common during the rainy season under Minto Bridge in Delhi and Greenfield Colony, near NHPC Chowk in Faridabad.
HUDA executive engineer Rajiv Sharma said the railways have agreed in principle to provide land for the sumps for free, provided HUDA takes care of the drainage of the rainwater that gets accumulated in their yard nearby.
“We are assessing the discharge that will come from the yard and go into the sump and the amount of water that will get accumulated in the underpass during monsoon,” he said. However, work has begun on the road link from the underpass towards Sector 21-B, added Sharma.
As there was an extended monsoon this year causing delay in various construction projects, he is not taking any chances.
“A lot of delay has been caused due to various factors beyond our control. It was a difficult project. There were massive encroachments on both the sides of the rail tracks, which were to be removed by the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad as the area came under their jurisdiction. Then the weather gods were not kind. But we are not giving any excus-
RAJIV SHARMA, executive engineer, HUDA es. The sump work will continue simultaneously. Meanwhile, we have started work on the approach road from Sector 21-B and then a roundabout is to be made at Fatehpur Chandila. All this is going to take some time. But we are confident this time around to meet the deadline,” he said.
If HUDA officials are to be believed, commuters from Old Faridabad and Neighbourhood-5 and other neighbouring colonies will not have to use the choked Neelam flyover and Badkhal Morh rail overbridge to cross over to the other side from January. The rail underpass (RUP) near Rajiv Chowk (Old Faridabad Chowk) will be ready by then for light motor vehicles (LMVs).
“While the project was approved in 2009 and work began in 2009 end, it is yet to be completed. The authorities should have finalised all the things in advance before starting the work that stopped the movement of two wheelers and three wheelers across the rail level crossing,” said Lovely Singh, a resident of neighbourhood-5. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to make some traffic diversions at night on the National Highway (NH)-2 soon. The Metro line between Badarpur and YMCA Chowk, Faridabad, is coming up on the eastern side of NH-2.
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) administrator, Suprabha Dahiya, who is the nodal officer for the Metro project in Faridabad, visited the Bypass Chowk near Badarpur last month to take stock of the situation. She was accompanied by officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Cor poration (DMRC) and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
A DMRC spokesperson said the safety of the labourers is of paramount importance and traffic will be diverted near some intersections on NH-2 towards the Bypass Road in a week or two. “The diversion will be for the traffic coming from Delhi. The traffic will be diverted near NHPC Chowk, Badkhal Morh, Old Faridabad Chowk and Good Year Chowk towards the Bypass Road,” he said.
Dahiya said she has given broad guidelines to DMRC in her capacity as the nodal officer for the project. It is for DMRC to coordinate and finalise with the other agencies concerned. “The link roads between NH-2 and Bypass Road fall under the jurisdiction of Municipal Corporation of Faridabad and for any traffic diversions, they will have to coordinate with the traffic police. DMRC officials would know better about the implementation part,” she said.
During Dahiya’s recent visit, it was decided that the traffic coming from Delhi be diverted.