Work begins on underpass to connect sectors 45, 46
RESIDENTS FEEL TRAPPED IN THEIR COLONIES IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY PROPER, SHORTER ROAD LINK TO MATHURA ROAD.
On papers, they are closer to Mathura Road, but this is far from true. The residents of sector 45 and 46 and other nearby areas have to travel quite far to reach National Highway 2 for onward journey to Delhi and elsewhere. Their prayers were heard when the government initiated a move to lay an underpass below the railway track, but the residents want the government to speed up work on this construction to benefit fully from the Metro service.
The work on the underpass is divided between Indian Railways, which is responsible for the construction of the underpass, and HUDA, which will construct the road connecting the sectors.
The residents feel trapped in their respective colonies in the absence of any proper and shorter road link to Mathura road. Their demand was fulfilled when Indian railways and Haryana government agreed to lay a railway underpass last year. “We feel cut off from the rest of Faridabad in absence of any road link,” said Surinder Kachroo, a resident of Sector 45. Kachroo continued, “In absence of a market and proper connectivity, we are at the mercy of Almighty as it is difficult to arrange medicines during evening hours.”
“The people living in sectors 45 and 46 are really courageous because they are surrounded by a jungle on one side, which makes it extremely difficult to move out during evening or night, and on the other side there is dead end,” said JL Bazaz, another resident of sector 45. He added, “We have fought for this underpass, approaching people who matter and ultimately our fight has yielded result with the start of work on this underpass.”
“But we want this project to take speed as it seems it may take years to finally take shape,” Bazaz continued, adding, “Our apprehensions are genuine given the fact it took years for completion of Old Faridabad underpass.”
But the agencies who have been assigned the task of constructing the underpass seem determined to finish the project at the earliest possible. “We started work on this project in November 2014 and we are hopeful of completing our work by March 2016,” said RS Negi, project in charge of Akasva Infrastructure, the private construction company which has been given the task of laying underpass boxes beneath the railway track by Indian Railways.
“Our job is to construct the approach road from both sides of the underpass on diving road of Sector 45 and 46,” said Bhupinder Singh, executive engineer, HUDA, Division two, Faridabad. “Once the railways finish work, we will start constructing the roads,” Singh said.
The total cost on the project is around ` 23 crore. HUDA officials said that out of this amount, the estimated expenditure on laying of underpass by the railways is ` 10 crore and the cost by HUDA on approach roads is ` 13 crore.