Relief for commuters to and from Badkhal soon

16 Dec 2013, Hindustan Times (Delhi)

The second carriageway of the ROB at Morh will be opened in February next

The volume of traffic has increased with colonies coming up on the western side of the track.GAGAN SHARMA, resident, Sector 21-C. Most of the times, vehicles move slowly on the ROB. The situation has worsened over time.MP SINGH,Gopi Colony

The rail overbridge (ROB) at Badkhal Morh that should have been ready over two-and-half years back is yet to be completed, causing great inconvenience to commuters who have to travel between two parts of the city divided by the rail line.

As per the original schedule the ROB was to be ready by May 2011.

As per the original schedule the ROB was to be ready by May 2011. However, if the officials of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) are to be believed, it is just a matter of few months for commuting to become easier between the eastern side and the western side of the city.

HUDA superintending engineer LK Ahuja said the construction work of the 2nd carriageway of the ROB at Badkhal Morh is in full swing. "The railway is working on crash barrier. It will take them nearly over a month to finish their work. We will take two to three weeks after that to make the ROB fully operational," he said.

HUDA is building a new two-carriageway ROB on the northern side of the existing ROB and there is a gap between the two ROBs. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 19.12 crore. The cost of the project is to be shared 50:50 basis between HUDA and the Indian Railways.

The existing ROB has two lanes. This bridge serves as an important link not only for the people residing in Sector 21A, 21B, 21C, 21D, 46 and the residents of some parts of New Industrial Township, but also for the people using Badkhal-Surajkund Road and Faridabad-Gurgaon Road.

Vehicles move at a snail's pace here even during off-peak traffic hours. Motorists using the ROB had been demanding its widening for quite some time due to the increase in vehicular pressure on the bridge, hence, the new ROB.

There are three more ROBs in the city: Neelam flyover, Bata flyover and the one connecting Ballabgarh with Sector 55. However, the flyover at Badkhal Morh is the busiest ROB after the Neelam flyover in the city.

Commuters have been eagerly awaiting the completion of the 2nd carriageway ROB at Badkhal Morh.

"A lot of development has taken place in the last one decade, increasing the vehicular load on the narrow flyover. New multi-storied housing colonies have come up in Sector 21C, 21D, 44, 45, 46 and 47 adding up to the vehicular pressure on the ROB. The rail under pass at Old Faridabad is also yet to come up that would have eased commuting from Neighbourhood-4, Neighbourhood-5 and other neighbouring colonies to the Delhi-Mathura Road. The new flyover will be a big relief," said RK Singh, a resident of Neighbourhood-5.


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