Surajkund-Badkhal Road to be ready by March end
THE PROJECT INCLUDES RECARPETING WITH BITUMEN AND LAYING READY-TO-MIX CONCRETE IN THE LOW-LYING AREAS.
Running behind schedule by almost a year, the BadkhalSurajkund Road is finally going to be ready with widening and strengthening by March 31. It will have four lanes for up-anddown movement with a proper central verge.
The Road will have four lanes for up and down movement with a central verge.
Notwithstanding the patchwork that was carried out from time to time in the past to fill up the potholes on the road, giving temporary relief to commuters, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had decided to take up special repair of the road, which includes its widening at some places, in 2012.
Thousands of commuters use the road between Faridabad and South Delhi every day, bypassing the congested Delhi-Mathura Road. The last time HUDA carried out repair of some patches of the road in September 2012, it had gone from bad to worse, with the movement of thousands of vehicles every day, particularly heavy transport vehicles. Prior to that, HUDA had repaired the 12 km-long stretch in September 2010 just before the commencement of the Commonwealth Games 2010.
HUDA executive engineer Satpal Dahiya said a small portion of the 12.5 km long BadkhalSurajkund Road undergoing widening and strengthening remains to be repaired. "Work on only 1.5 km long stretch remains to be completed and we are hopeful to finish it by March 31. Streetlights on some stretches are also to be installed," he said.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 85 crore that includes re-carpeting with bitumen, laying ready-to-mix concrete in the low-lying areas and widening of the road on some accident-prone stretches. Storm water drains along the road are also a part of the strengthening project. The estimated cost of the project was approved by the sub-committee in its meeting held under the chairmanship of then Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on September 6, 2012. The formal administrative approval of the estimates was given in February 2013.
HUDA started the widening work on April 11, 2013. The scheduled time of completion had been fixed as 12 months initially. However, due to the hilly terrain, it became difficult to strengthen the road and the project got delayed by almost a year.
Dahiya said it will be a fourlane road with one metre hard, cemented central verge. The present width is not more than 6.7 metre on the either side of the road. "Actually, the standard width of two lanes is seven metre. But we will have 8.5 m wide road on each side for upand-down movement," he said. The road also has a provision for footpaths and storm water drains at some places. Some of the stretches on the road that get damaged frequently have been made cemented. "As there is a large movement of trucks and other heavy transport vehicles, the central verge with kerb stones gets damaged easily. Strong cemented dividers are being used as central verge on the road," he said.
Commuters using the road feel that with the increase in the vehicular movement over the years, it certainly calls for a better road to end the ordeal of driving down the battered and narrow road. "While the road was widened in 2002, the present width of the road is not commensurate with the vehicular load. Some of the stretches are completely battered and wear off frequently. They needed strengthening for longer life," said Akshay Khanna, a resident of neighbourhood-5.