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Greater Faridabad master roads to be completed by month end

10 Mar 2014,Hindustan Times HT Live

The weather had not been agreeable all along. But now we have speeded up the work.RAJIV SHARMA, HUDA executive engineer

The master roads in Greater Faridabad are soon going to turn into a reality. The project was held up because of delay in land acquisition, pending court cases and the clearance to remove the trees coming in the way.

Master roads will serve as a major link between the various sectors in Greater Faridabad.

Master roads are the lifeline for the residents of Greater Faridabad across the Agra Canal, popularly known as Nehar Par.

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had started the demarcation of land in the areas falling across the Agra Canal for laying the master roads in January 2011. Initially, land belonging to 19 villages had been acquired for the master roads.

These roads divide 15 sectors (Sectors 75 to 89) and will ensure connectivity among the colonies in Greater Faridabad. They will also serve as a major link between Faridabad city and the area across the Agra Canal. HUDA is developing the sectors in Greater Faridabad and laying the master roads in the area. Initially, the farmers on whose land the roads were to be developed protested against the acquisition of their land. This caused a delay in. Members of the Greater Faridabad Welfare Association, a body of the residents as well as investors also started lodging their protests in the matter in May last year. At that time, members from Jade Residents Welfare Association in Greater Faridabad had registered their protest with the officials of HUDA and the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) regarding the inconvenience caused to them. "The builder had constructed a temporary road connecting Tigaon Road to the Jade project site as there was no master road in the area. But a few days later, MCF had cut the temporary road and buyers were cut off from all sides as there was no approach road left," said RK Arora, a property consultant.

HUDA executive engineer Rajiv Sharma admitted that there has been some delay in executing the project for various reasons. But he was hopeful that the work is not going to get delayed by more than a fortnight.

"We are hopeful of completing the 38-km long master roads under our possession by March 31. The weather had not been agreeable all these months. As the roads are bitumen based, one mild shower moistens the soil and the work gets delayed. It is not good for the bituminous roads to be laid at either below 15 degree centigrade or above 25 degree centigrade. The winter had been harsh, which was delaying the work. We do not want to face peak summer now so we are speeding up. The project might get delayed by a couple of weeks," he said.

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