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NH-2 widening project starts with flyover work

16 Jun 2014, Hindustan Times (Delhi)

The widening work on the National Highway-2 (NH-2) has begun in right earnest with the company engaged by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) starting work on constructing the flyover at Badkhal Morh. Barricading has been done near the intersection while coming from Delhi and the traffic is plying on the service road made on the eastern side of the highway on the stretch.

NHAI has to construct nine flyovers in Faridabad and Palwal districts: at NHPC Chowk, Badkhal Morh, Old Faridabad Chowk, Ajronda Chowk, Bata Morh, Ballabgarh, two in Palwal and one in Hodal. Service roads in Hodal and at Bata Morh and Badkhal Morh have already been made to allow smooth movement of vehicles while the construction work on the flyovers there goes on.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Rameshwar Lamba said barricading has been done at Badkhal Morh and traffic is diverted on the service road. “We are studying the vehicular movement near the intersection. In case, any problem is faced in regulating traffic there, suitable measures will be taken to ease congestion,” he said.

The work on the widening of National Highway-2 from Sarai Khwaja to Agra is to have six lanes. The much-awaited six laning of the nearly 180-km Agra-Badarpur stretch on NH-2 is scheduled to be completed by July 2016. The work on the project started in 2012. The then Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways CP Joshi had laid the foundation stone of the widening work project in Hodal (Palwal district) on May 5, 2012. Around 74 kilometre of the stretch is in Haryana and as many as nine flyovers would be constructed on it. The project is estimated to cost Rs 800 crore, which would be developed on public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

Larsen & Toubro 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 of vehicles and on some stretches traffic moves at a snail’s pace due to over congestion of vehicles. The length of the section under widening is nearly 180km. The widening will take place from kilometre no.20.500 (Sarai Khwaja) to kilometer no.199.600 (Agra). The total length of the project under widening will be 179.100 kilometre.

An NHAI official said that service roads have been made to allow free vehicular movement on the stretches where the flyovers are being constructed. “The road has been widened and constructed near these junctions so that traffic on the highway can be diverted on these service roads during the period when the construction of flyovers is on,” he said.

The construction work on the Metro rail line at these intersections has already been completed and there is a scope for widening the road. The service roads are going to be eight metre wide. The engineers at site said the utility lines such as sewer, water, electricity poles and telephone lines are to be shifted and the concerned departments have been informed to enable them to take suitable action.

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