National Highway-2 widening work speeds up
9 Dec 2013, Hindustan Times
THE FELLING OF TREES IS ALSO GOING TO PROVE BENEFICIAL AT THE TIME OF THE EXTENSION OF THE METRO RAIL.
The widening of the national highway-2 (NH-2) has got an impetus with the felling of trees in the Faridabad section. Trees are being felled from 32km to 34km milestone on the section that falls between the YMCA Chowk and Ballabgarh. The zero km starts from ISBT in Delhi. The 20.5km to 32km falls under the Metro rail section from the Badarpur border to the YMCA Chowk.
The felling of trees on the section in Faridabad is also going to prove beneficial at the time of the extension of the Metro rail from YMCA Chowk to Ballabgarh. The laying of the Metro rail on the existing approved section from Badarpur border to YMCA Chowk got delayed because of getting approval from the forest department.
The felling of trees coming in the way of the widening project in Palwal had begun sometime back. However, the widening of the road from the existing four lanes to six lanes was not visible prior to the cutting of trees in Faridabad district.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) manager (technical) Suresh Kumar, under whose supervision the felling is taking place, said that the trees are being felled on a stretch of 200m to 300m every day. "We started felling from 33,430m to 33,230m on last Tuesday. Similarly, the felling was done from 33,230m to 32,890m on Wednesday," he said.
Sources in the forest development corporation said that labour has been summoned from Fatehabad for the work and according to Kumar the felling has gained momentum. The felling exercise is likely to gain further momentum after the arrival of the Kashmiri labour, who specialise in the felling work. The Kashmiri labour will arrive soon, added sources.
Sources said that till now, the felling work has been completed from 86km to 90km in Hodal and the rest of the work in the area will be done only after the arrival of the Kashmiri labour that is likely to arrive in a week or so.
NHAI sources said that the shifting of the water pipelines is also going on simultaneously to avoid any further delay in the completion of the work. NHAI has already deposited the supervision charges to the public health engineering department in Palwal and Municipal Corporation of Faridabad, sources added.