Surajkund Badkhal Road to get a facelift

2nd Dec 2013, Hindustan Times

HUDA has put the project on fast-track to make life easier for the visitors to the Surajkund Mela

enters The point Faridabad where from one Delhi is one of the most beautiful sections. PRADEEP CHAUDHARY, Sector 48.Those who come to Faridabad carry a bad image with broken roads and poor infrastructure. NAGHMI KUMAR, Greenfield Colony

A visit to the Surajkund Mela next year is going to be a pleasant drive. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has not only decided to give a complete facelift to the Badhkal-Surajkund Road but has also put the project on fast-track.

The entire stretch is being widened to 8.5m on either side.

Until now, this main link road between south Delhi and Faridabad has been repaired only in patches. So this decision has been welcomed. HUDA will spend Rs 85 crore on widening and recarpeting the stretch and development of greenery along the track. The 13km long stretch is also the main link road from Delhi to Faridabad, and sees heavy traffic volume every day.

"During the Surajkund Mela, traffic increases manifold and there is chaos on the stretch. This perpetual traffic mess will not leave a good image of the city in the minds of those who visit," says KN Shah, a resident of Greenfield Colony.

The entire stretch is being widened to 8.5m on either side. There will be provision of footpaths and a stormwater drainage system that will give the road a neater look and prevent breakage of the road. "The main focus of the Haryana Tourism is to ensure development of the area. During the Surajkund fair, a large number of people come from Delhi and other areas in the national capital region. This development will not just boost tourism in the area but will also invite investors to the city," says VD Bhargava, a resident of NIT Faridabad.

The road has been in a battered state, the dividers are broken, some sections have been completely uprooted and kerbstones have loosened up, becoming an obstacle on the road. "The only serious repair work on the road was during Commonwealth Games. After that only some patchwork has been done. It is only now that some serious thought has been given to repair the entry to the city. It is one of the best developments we could wish for. It will also decrease the waiting time on the stretch," says Jatin Khullar, a resident of Sector 49.

The present width of the road is 6.7m and after it is increased, the HUDA officials feel that there will be no chaos and congestion on the stretch. It will also be able to bear the increased traffic volume during the mela. The new development will see beautified cemented dividers that will help streamline traffic on the stretch.


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