National Highway 2 to have six lanes after current widening work
NH2 HAS ONLY FOUR LANES FOR UP AND DOWN MOVEMENT AND ON SOME STRETCHES TRAFFIC MOVES SLOWLY DUE TO CONGESTION.
Widening work on the National Higway 2 in the district is on in full swing with a large stretch of the service lane being developed and the piling work for two flyovers at important intersections already been completed.
The widening work is being done from Sarai Khwaja to Agra.
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 widening is to be done from Sarai Khwaja to Agra. The total length of the project under widening will be 179.1km.
The stretch on National Highway 2 from Sarai Khwaja to Agra will have six lanes. Flyovers are to be built near NHPC Chowk, Badkhal Morh Chowk, Rajiv Gandhi Chowk, Ajronda Chowk, Bata Chowk and Ballabgarh Chowk in Faridabad. Flyovers coming up at the intersections will bypass the junctions, allowing through movement to vehicles plying on the national highway.
The laying of sewer lines at Ajronda Chowk on the highway has been completed. But the laying of sewer lines from Ajronda Chowk to Magpie Hotel is yet to start due to the ongoing Metro rail line work. However, officials of Reliance Infrastructure claim that work on the service lane up to Badkhal Morh will be completed by December 20.
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is constructing the flyover for the concessionaire M/s Reliance Infrastructure that has been awarded the contract by NHAI to widen NH-2. A team of NHAI officials recently held a meeting with officials of Reliance Infrastructure and L&T to speed up the widening work.
Reliance Infrastructure general manager for the project, Sachindra Singh, said, “Piling work on the six-lane flyovers at Ajronda Chowk and Old Faridabad Chowk has been completed and now pillars are being constructed there.”
After finishing the piling work for the flyover at Bata Morh on the eastern side of the highway in July, the company engaged by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for widening the highway had started piling work on the western side of the highway for the flyover at Bata Morh in August.
“The pillar work at Bata Morh is nearing completion,” said Singh.As for the flyover at Ballabgarh, he said the design is being prepared and as soon as it gets approved, work on the flyover will begin.
However, Singh expressed concern over the delay in tree felling on the route. There are nearly 2,000 trees coming in the way of widening on the section in Haryana. NHAI officials have taken up the matter with the general manager of Forest Development Corporation, Haryana to expedite it.
Work on the much-awaited six laning project of the Agra-Badarpur stretch on NH-2 started on May 5, 2013. The then Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways, CP Joshi laid the foundation stone in Hodal (Palwal district). Around 74 km of the stretch is in Haryana and as many as nine flyover will be constructed on it. The project is estimated to cost Rs 800 crore and will be developed on the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.