• 14 Oct 2013, Hindustan Times (Delhi)

There is good news for those driving down the Badkhal- Surajkund Road. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is likely to complete the ongoing resurfacing and widening of the road before the commencement of the annual Surajkund crafts mela.

After completing the topographical survey of the road in the first week of April this year, HUDA began the construction work on April 12. The scheduled time of completion is 12 months but the officials are hopeful that the will be completed much in advance.

HUDA executive engineer Bhupinder Singh said the spade work has been done. "The actual work done on the project may not be visible but a lot of basic work has been done despite the extended rainy season. We are likely to complete the resurfacing and widening of the road from Gymkhana  Club, Sector 21-C, to Surajkund," he said.

Thousands use the road between Faridabad and South Delhi every day, bypassing the congested Delhi-Mathura Road. Patchwork is carried out from time to time to fill up the pot holes on the road, giving temporary relief. But last year HUDA decided to take up special repair of the road that includes widening it at some places.

Singh said the estimated cost of the project is Rs 58.05 crore that includes recarpeting with bitumen, laying a ready-to-mix concrete road in the lowlying areas, laying culverts at six places and widening the road on some accident-prone stretches. The total length of this road is 8.5 kilometre, he added.

The last time HUDA repair some patches of the road was in September-November last year. Prior to that HUDA had repaired the road in September 2010 just before the Commonwealth Games. Singh said it will be a four lane road with a one metre cemented central verge. "The present width is not more than 6.7 metre on the either side. Actually, the standard width of two lanes is seven metre. But we will have a 8.5 m wide road on each side," he said.

Singh said the road will also have a provision for footpaths and stormwater drains at some places. Some stretches that get damaged frequently will be cemented. "As there is a large movement of trucks and other heavy transport vehicles, the central verge gets damaged. We will put heavy cemented dividers to be used as central verge on the road," he said. Singh said the reconstruction work is being done in parts and the contractor has been advised to put reflectors on the stretches where the work will be carried out so that there is no mishap at night.


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