City to get a makeover in the New Year

6 Jan 2014,Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Better connectivity, augmented water supply and upgraded health facilities are some of the things that will make it possible


Work on Metro rail Project to get completed by September 2014

The year ahead is going to change the face of the city with better connectivity, augmented water and power supply and upgraded health facilities. The New Year will see the Metro rail service making inroads in the city to reach up to YMCA Chowk, a government-run medical college, six-lane Bypass Road, two rail overbridges (ROBs), one rail underpass (RUP) and five bridges over Gurgaon Canal to connect Faridabad with the upcoming Greater Faridabad and the strengthening of the existing roads.

The Employees State Insurance Corporation Medical College and Hospital will start its first academic session this year.

CONNECTIVITY A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson said the work on the Metro rail project that is in progress is likely to get completed by September. After a trial run for a couple of months, the route from Badarpur border to YMCA Chowk will be thrown open to public.

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) superintending engineer, LK Ahuja said various ongoing projects in the city to improve road connectivity are going to be completed by March 31.

He said the construction of second carriageway of the ROB near Badkhal Morh is in the final stages. "The work on the approaches on both the sides of the rail track has been completed by us. The work on the railway portion is nearing completion and they have assured us that the work will be finished by January 31. We will not take more than a month to complete the remaining work. If everything goes as per the plan, the ROB would be made functional in March," he said.

Construction of the second carriageway of the ROB near Badkhal Morah is in the final stages

As for the RUP at Old Faridabad, another important link between New Industrial Township and the DellhiMathura Road, the deadline of April has been fixed. "The project that got delayed due to various reasons has picked up steam. The work towards Sector 21-B has been started. As one of the approaches to the RUP on the NIT side is to pass through the existing government school premises at Fatehpur Chandilla, some work still needs to be done. One of the reasons for the recent delay was providing a sump well on both sides of the railway track. The case of transfer of land for the purpose is pending with the Railways. As soon as it is decided, we will go ahead with the work," said Ahuja.

HUDA executive engineer Bhupinder Singh said the Bypass Road from Sector 37 to Sector 59 will be ready in a month. The police post near Kheri Pul is being shifted from the intersection removing the bottleneck at the point. Another stretch of less than 50 metre near Kheri Pul that had been widened after removing of the jhuggi jhopri cluster is also being leveled and the trees coming on the central verge are being shifted to the greenbelt along Sector 17 on the Bypass Road. "This exercise will clear the way for a six-lane Bypass Road up to Malerna ROB. It will not take even a month to complete this work," he said.

Work on Maleena ROB is likely to be completed by March 31

HUDA executive engineer Satpal Dahiya, who is looking after the ROB between Sector 59 and Sector 61 at Malerna touching the Bypass Road to make through movement up to Kaili, said the work is likely to be over by March 31. "The construction of approaches measuring 880 metre is in progress and the work of fixing reinforced earth (RE) wall on the remaining 80 metre is also on. The Railway officials have informed us that the work on their portion of the ROB is likely to be completed by January 31. It will take us about two months after that to complete the project," he said.

Singh who is looking after the special repair of the Surajkund-Badkhal Road said the relaying, widening on some stretches and laying of stormwater drains is in progress. "As it is an important road that sees heavy movement of vehicles, the work is to be carried out piecemeal. We are hopeful to finish the work by March 31," he said.

As for the strengthening of the road dividing Sector 12 and Sector 15, that is used by the residents of Sector 14 and 15 and the colonies in Greater Faridabad and also visitors to Sector 12, Singh said, "The road work got delayed for some reasons. However, the work is in full swing. We have fixed March 31 as the deadline to complete the project. We will be able to complete it by then," he said.

WATER SUPPLY The most essential part of the water works scheme for the city, Ranney wells will start supplying water by March 31. The water supply in the city will be augmented by 200 million litre per day (MLD). The per capita consumption per head in urban areas is 165 litre. Thus the Ranney well water will meet the demand of an additional 12.12 lakh people.

MCF executive engineer RK Bansal, who is looking after the project, said 10 Ranney wells are to be laid under the scheme that will augment the supply by 200 MLD. "All the hurdles have been removed and we have to complete the project by March 31. Six Ranney wells are ready and 90% of the pipelines have already been laid. We are hopeful to start the supply from the Ranney wells by March 31. Water will be in such abundance that the supply will be much higher than the demand."

Five bridges are being built on Gurgaon Canal to provide connectivity between Faridabad & Greater Faridabad

LINK TO GREATER FARIDABAD The Irrigation Department, Haryana is constructing five bridges on the Gurgaon Canal to provide connectivity between Faridabad and the upcoming Greater Faridabad that is going to house thousands of families across the canal.

Irrigation Department executive engineer Sandeep Taneja said while two bridges are going to be ready by March end, the remaining three will also be completed by June end. "The six-lane bridge connecting Faridabad near Sector 8 on the Bypass Road will provide a link to Sectors 75 and 76 in Greater Faridabad and will be ready by March 31. The four-lane bridge near Sectors 55 and 56 to link it with Saroorpur will also be completed by March end," he said.

Taneja said the other three bridges opposite Sectors 17, 18 and 19 providing link to Sectors 86 to 89 at various places will be completed by June 2014.

To improve the road connectivity between various villages situated across the Agra Canal, the Public Works Department (Buildings and Roads) will strengthen the road network in 2014. "The work on five-km long Faridabad-Tigaon Road started in October last year and is scheduled to be completed by April. The 15-km long Ballabgarh-Fatehpur Billauch-Aterna Road being built at an estimated cost of Rs 9.63 crore will be completed by June. There is another project worth Rs 29 crore for widening the Ballabgarh-Tigaon-Manjhawli Road that will be completed by December. The Faridabasd-Jasana-Manjhawli Road construction project will also be completed by December 2014," said Dilbagh Singh Dhanda, executive engineer, PWD.

HEALTH FACILITIES The state government has started free medical treatment in government hospitals from January 1 for it domiciles. It includes consultation, admission, medicines, 30 basic investigations and over a 100 basic surgeries for free for the domiciles and even non-domiciles falling under six categories.

Earlier, patients seeking medical aid in the government hospitals were charged for tests, admission and surgeries as well. The charges were nominal but not affordable by all.

Dr Asim Das, Dean, Employees State Insurance Corporation Medical College and Hospital, said the medical college is to start its first academic session in 2014. "There are certain statutory requirements of the Medical Council of India to be met before starting the medical college. We are in the process of meeting them," he said.

The trees on the central verge are being shifted to the green belt along sector - 17 Bypass Road


The medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr AK Gautam said, "The hospital has to start functioning before the final approval of the MCI. I cannot give the time frame, but the facilities have to be in place before the MCI team visit. The approval takes a couple of months. We have to start the academic session this year only," he said.


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