Driving on NH-2 to become easier
While commuters are eagerly awaiting the completion of the widening work on NH-2, as that will ensure comfortable, fussfree travel, there is more good news in store for them. After the widening, besides six lanes from Sarai Khwaja to Agra, there will be 10 lanes from Sarai Khwaja to Ballabgarh with separate service roads for intra-city movement of the vehicles.
The total length of the project under widening up to Agra will be around 179km.
The highway has only four lanes and on some stretches traffic moves at snail's pace due to congestion. The total length of the project under widening up to Agra will be around 179km. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is getting the widening executed through Reliance Infrastructure.
Flyovers are to be built near NHPC Chowk, Badkhal Morh Chowk, Rajiv Gandhi Chowk, Ajronda Chowk, Bata Chowk and Ballabgarh Chowk in Faridabad as part of the widening project. The flyovers coming up at the intersections will bypass the junctions, allowing movement for vehicles running on the national highway. To reduce traffic congestion at the YMCA Chowk, NHAI has also decided to construct a vehicular underpass here.
NHAI project manager, Suresh Kumar, said besides six lanes for long route vehicles, each side of the road will have two service roads of seven metre width for intra-city movement of vehicles from Sarai Khwaja to the rail overbridge in Ballabgarh. "This is part of the widening project. These service roads will be used as slip roads to various sectors along the national highway. There will be no interference by the intra-city vehicles in the movement of long-distance vehicles," he said. Work on carving out the service road is likely to be completed by March end, Kumar added.
Sanjiv Sharma, a resident of Sector 15, said, "It is going to ease congestion on the choked NH-2. The biggest problem on the highway is the movement of autorickshaws between Badarpur border and Ballabgarh. They halt in the middle of the road and park vehicles wherever they feel as they wait for passengers. I hope the authorities will restrict the movement on the highway after widening and allow autorickshaws to ply only on the service roads to reduce congestion."
The work on the much-awaited six-laning project of the AgraBadarpur 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 74km of the stretch is in Haryana and as many as nine flyovers and three vehicular underpasses - YMCA Chowk in Faridabad, opposite the district courts in Palwal and Alhapur in Palwal - are to be constructed on it. The project is estimated to cost `800 crore, and would be developed on the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
While the widening work on the national highway from Palwal to Bamnikhera has already been completed, the work on the vehicular underpass opposite the district courts in Palwal is in its final stage. Whereas work on the vehicular underpass at Alhapur and flyovers at Bata Morh, Ajronda Chowk, Old Faridabad Chowk is in full swing.