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Work on widening of NH-2 resumed

14 Apr 2014Hindustan Times (Delhi)

It had been left midway because of the untimely showers last month.

THE WORK ON CARVING OUT SERVICE ROADS AT BADKHAL MORH AND BATA CHOWK HAS NOW GAINED MOMENTUM.

The widening work on National Highway (NH)-2 has resumed in right earnest after the untimely rains in March played spoilsport. The company engaged by the National Highway s Authority of India (NHAI) for the work has started construction work on the service roads at the junctions where the flyovers are to be raised.

From Sarai Khwaja to Agra, NH-2 is to have six lanes after widening.

NH-2 from Sarai Khwaja to Agra is to have six lanes. Flyovers are to be built near NHPC Chowk, Badkhal Morh, Rajiv Gandhi Chowk, Ajronda Chowk, Bata Chowk and Ballabgarh Chowk in Faridabad.

The work on carving out service roads at Badkhal Morh and Bata Chowk has gained momentum.

The much-awaited six laning of the nearly 180-km AgraBadarpur stretch on NH-2 is scheduled to be completed within two years. The then Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways CP Joshi had said this at the foundation stone laying ceremony in Hodal (Palwal district) in May last year. Around 74 km of the stretch is in Haryana and nine flyovers would be constructed on it. The project is estimated to cost Rs 800 crore, which would be developed on the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is constructing the flyover for the concessionaire, M/s Reliance Infrastructure. As of now, the highway has only four lanes for up and down movement and on some stretches traffic moves at a snail's pace due to congestion. The widening will take place from km no 20.5 (Sarai Khwaja) to km no199.6 (Agra). The total length of the project under widening is 179.1 km.

L&T project manager RK Verma said that the work is on near Badkhal Morh flyover and Bata Chowk for constructing a service road where the flyovers are to be constructed. "The road is being widened and constructed near these junctions so that traffic on the highway can be diverted on these service roads when the construction of the flyovers is on," he said.

Verma said as there was some delay in getting the drawing of flyovers at Old Faridabad and Ajronda intersections, the work could not be started at these two junctions. "Now that we have the drawings approved, construction work on these two stretches will also start soon. We will be making service roads along these intersections for diverting traffic so that the construction of flyovers can be carried out with minimum disturbance to the traffic," he said.

The construction work on the Metro rail at these intersections has already been completed and there is a scope for widening the road. The service roads are going to be 8 m wide.

Verma said utility services such as sewer, water, electricity poles and telephone lines are to be shifted and the concerned departments have been informed to take suitable action.

He said the central verge at the intersections will go away with the coming up of the flyovers and the central verge on the remaining stretches will have to be realigned to pave the way for three lanes for up and three lanes for down movement of vehicles.

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