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 Bypass Road to be operational soon

 11 Aug 2014  Hindustan Times (Delhi) 

After missing several deadlines, ROB at Malerna to be ready by November

As per the original plan, the project had to be completed in 18 months from the commencement of the work. SUSHIL GUPTA , Ballabgarh

Come November and the muchawaited six-lane road from the Badarpur border to Kaili village ahead of Ballabgarh will enable commuters to bypass the congested National Highway (NH)2. After missing several deadlines, the 26-km Bypass Road with a rail overbridge at Malerna is scheduled to be ready by October 31.


Work on the rail overbridge in progress at Malerna.

The Bypass Road will prove to be a boon for commuters, particularly in view of the ongoing widening of NH-2 from Sarai Khwaja to Ballabgarh. The Bypass Road runs almost parallel to NH-2 for 20 km.

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has undertaken the widening of the Bypass Road at an estimated cost of ` 140 crore. HUDA had decided to widen the road from Sector 37 to Sector 59 in 2008. The twolane road had to be widened to six lanes to reduce traffic congestion on the Delhi-Mathura Road. The long distance traffic, particularly heavy transport vehicles, can bypass Faridabad and Ballabgarh, reducing vehicular burden on the DelhiMathura Road.

The work on the Bypass Road began in 2009 and by 2011 more than 98% of the work had been completed. But it did not help much in easing traffic cong estion on the DelhiMathura Road as a stretch of 1.1 km stretch could not be widened due to encroachments and another 200 m due to a court case. The rail overbridge (ROB) at Malerna would have completely bypassed the traffic up to Kaili village on NH-2 ahead of Ballabgarh. But it is also yet to be completed to make the Bypass Road fully functional.

The ROB will have six lanes and is being constructed between Sectors 59 and 61, near Malerna railway crossing. The estimated cost of the project was dug ` 20.46 crore when the project was started in July 2008. Later, the cost of the project was revised to ` 22.4 crore due to time overrun.

HUDA started the construction work on its portion in July 2008, while railways began wo rk o n its portion in November 2009. After some break, the work on the railway por tion resumed only in January 2010 end.

The scheduled date of completion of the project was March 31, 2012 but it has been revised several times due to delay in the construction of the railway portion of the ROB.

The HUDA officials cited fault in the design of the ROB as the cause of the delay.

The estimate was revised to ` 19.17 crore for approaches and ` 19.89 crore for the railway portion of the ROB. A provision for shifting the transmission lines at an estimated cost of ` 11.77 crore was also approved by the chief administrator, HUDA in July 2011.

"As per the original plan, the railway had to complete the work wihin 18 months from the date it started the work. But railways being a central agency one can always expect delay as there is a lot of red tapism. There were two other major projects in Faridabad that were also delayed owing to laxity on the part of railways. Fortunately, the ROB at Badkhal Morh and the rail underpass at Old Faridabad are now complete," said Sushil Gupta, a resident of Ballabgarh.

"The work on the railway portion of the ROB at Malerna is almost over and only coal tar work is to be done. They will finish it by July end. As for the work on the approach roads to the ROB to be done by the HUDA, 80% of the work is over. Besides this, one side of the crash barrier is also to be constructed. We are hopeful to finish the entire work by October 31," said a HUDA official.

                                             


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

"As per the original plan, the railway had to complete the work wihin 18 months from the date it started the work. But railways being a central agency one can always expect delay as there is a lot of red tapism. There were two other major projects in Faridabad that were also delayed owing to laxity on the part of railways. Fortunately, the ROB at Badkhal Morh and the rail underpass at Old Faridabad are now complete," said Sushil Gupta, a resident of Ballabgarh.

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