Much-awaited RUP to reduce traffic burden

16 Jun 2014, Hindustan Times (Delhi)

The project at Old Faridabad is getting final touches though HUDA is yet to open it formally

While the project was started in 2009, why it took HUDA so long to complete it, is not clear. AGAM SAXENA, Railway Road Besides saving fuel, the underpass will also end accidents at the rail crossing in Old Faridabad. BRAJESH THAKUR, Jawahar Colony

After missing several deadlines and a long wait, the rail under pass (RUP) at Old Faridabad is now finally being used by commuters, though Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) that constructed the underpass is giving it finishing touches and is yet to formally open it.

HUDA has fixed December 31 as the new deadline for completion of the RUP.

HUDA is constructing the approach roads to the underpass, while Northern Railway constructed the portion of the underpass falling under the rail track. The project missed the deadline several times in the past for various reasons. In last October, the delay in the completion of the project was caused in the interest of the commuters. Not turning a blind eye to inundation of the under construction RUP that is likely to turn into a cesspool during monsoon season in the future, HUDA chose to direct the railway authorities to make sumps to deal with the problem, setting new deadline of December 31. While the issue remains yet to be resolved, a further delay in the completion of the project was caused as the approach roads on the western side of the rail track could not be completed.

A sump is an area at the bottom of a road into which water drains and is then pumped away to check waterlogging on the stretch. The sumps are going to check flooding of the road depression under the rail track that is often seen during rainy seasons at the Minto Bridge in Delhi and the Greenfield Colony, near NHPC Chowk in Faridabad.

HUDA executive engineer Rajiv Sharma said final touches are being given to the underpass at Old Faridabad.

"Two approach roads from the New Industrial Township side have been made. The third approach road from Fatehpur Chandila is yet to be made as the residents of the village have some reservations about allowing the road from inside the boundary wall of the government primary school there. We are trying to persuade them. The approach road from the Old Faridabad Chowk is also complete," he said.

With the opening of the underpass, commuters from Old Faridabad and Neighbourhood-5 and other neighbouring colonies will no more have to use the choked Neelam flyover and the Badkhal Morh rail overbridge to cross over to the other side as the rail underpass (RUP) near Rajiv Chowk (Old Faridabad Chowk) will be ready by then for light motor vehicles.

The height of the underpass will be 3.5m to accommodate light motor vehicles (LMVs) and vehicles like TATA 407. No HTV will have an entry to the underpass as it is meant only for LMVs. The RUP is being constructed for the convenience of thousands of commuters who would remain stranded for long durations at the rail level crossing everyday.

The estimated cost of the project is ` 15.48 crore. Over four years back the movement of light motor vehicles, including four-wheelers, three-wheelers and two-wheelers stopped on the rail level crossing at Old Faridabad after the construction work for the RUP began. Owing to the tardy work on the section, commuters had to suffer a lot. Prior to December 2009, commuters would get stranded for 15 minutes to an hour at the rail level crossing due to the heavy movement of trains on the section. More than 200 trains pass through the section for up and down movement every day. It was a long-pending demand of the commuters crossing over the rail track there to have a rail overbridge or an RUP.

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