Better connectivity this year


  • 5 Jan 2015
  • Hindustan Times (Delhi)

The Metro and road projects will improve intra & inter-city travel

The year ahead is full of promises so far as intra-city and intercity connectivity for Faridabad is concerned. The Metro rail service is going to become a reality in the city and road commuting is going to be quite pleasurable with pending works on two major roads nearing completion and the widening of the lifeline of the city, National Highway-2, under progress.
Work is on at the Surajkund-Badkhal Road, which is likely to finish by the month end.

Metro rail: The wait for the citizens is going to end in a few months. Officials associated with the project are optimistic that the project will be completed much before the scheduled time. The 13.8 km Metro line from Badarpur to YMCA Chowk in Faridabad is elevated with nine stations including Sarai Khwaja, NHPC Chowk, Mewla Maharajpur, Sector 27-A, Badkhal Morh, Old Faridabad, Ajronda, New Town and YMCA Chowk. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson, Himanshu said the Metro rail service is going to be extended to Faridabad in May this year. "That is the scheduled time of start of the service. We are hopeful to make it operational by then," he said.

Surajkund-Badkhal Road: The 12-km Surajkund-Badkhal Road that had been undergoing special repair for the last more than a year-and-a-half is likely to be completed by the end of January. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 85 crore that includes recarpeting with bitumen, laying of ready-to-mix concrete road in the low-lying areas and widening of the road on some accident-prone stretches. Some stretches that get damaged will be cemented.

The width of the road before special repair was not more than 6.7 m on the either side of the road. But the road after repair will now be 8.5 m wide on each side for up and down movement. The road will also have a provision for footpaths and stormwater drains at some places.

HUDA executive engineer, Sat Pal Dahiya said only 1.5 km stretch on one side of the road remains to be repaired and hopefully the road will be ready before the start of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela. "A small stretch of the road is to be repaired. If the weather gods are kind, the road will be thrown open by January end. In view of the crafts mela, we will at least open one side of the road where some works needs to be completed on the other side for vehicles and the remaining stretch will be available for up and down movement," he said.

Widening of National Highway-2: The widening work on the National Higway-2 in the district is in full swing with a large stretch of the service lane being developed along the highway and the piling work for two flyovers at important intersections already complete. The work on flyovers at other intersections in Faridabad is also in progress. Officials for the concessionaire, M/s Reliance Infrastructure that has been awarded the contract by the National Highways Authority of India, are hopeful that the widening work on the road passing through Faridabad will be completed in 2015.
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. The widening is to be done from kilometer no 20.500 (Sarai Khwaja) to kilometer no 199.600 (Agra). The total length of the project under widening is 179.1 kilometre.

After widening, 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. The flyovers coming up at the intersections will bypass the junctions.

ROB at Malerna: The rail overbridge (ROB) at Malerna to make the 26-km Bypass Road from the Badarpur border to Kaili village in Ballabgarh fully functional is being given final touches. Though the ROB is already being used for over a month, HUDA is yet to open it formally. "The ROB is almost complete and is waiting for a formal inauguration by some dignitary," said Dahiya.

Peripheral Road: The widening work of one of the most important road links in New Industrial Township, the peripheral road from Bodh Vihar Chowk to Piali Chowk, that bypasses the congested Badshah Khan Chowk, Nehru Ground, Neighbourhood-1 and Neighbourhood-2 Chowk, which was left halfway, finally resumed in September last year. HUDA is now constructing this readyto-mix concrete road at an estimated cost of Rs 13.40 crore.

MCF had started the widening in mid-2009. The completion was 12 months from the date of commencement. However, the work was abandoned several times. The widening of this 3.4 km long road could not be completed even in the last five years. The peripheral road is an important link from Neighbourhood-3 to Piali Chowk. After widening, it will make going to Gurgaon smoother. HUDA executive engineer Bhupinder Singh said the widening from Bodh Vihar to Dabua Mandi has been completed and the remaining work will be completed soon.


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