Work On Hero Honda Chowk Flyover Set To Begin Tomorrow – Times of India – 25-Nov-2014
November 27, 2014 - Uncategorized
After a long wait, construction work of the much-needed eight-lane flyover at Hero Honda Chowk on NH-8 will finally begin – most likely by Wednesday.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is all set to give the go-ahead to private contractor Valecha Engineering to start work on the project in a day or two. “We will ask them (the contractor) to start the work latest by Wednesday,” a senior NHAI official told TOI on Monday, on condition of anonymity.
However, he said that “work may be hampered at stretches where the NHAI is still awaiting approvals from authorities concerned for the shifting of power, sewer and water lines. But, at certain patches, such as on the green belt near Hero Honda Factory, we can start the work right away”.
The flyover will be around 1.4km long and half of it will be built towards Jaipur from Hero Honda Chowk and the rest half towards Delhi. The only downside is that traffic movement in the area will be severely affected as the project is to take at least two-and-a-half years to complete.
“In the first phase, the traffic movement on the service lane from Rajiv Chowk towards Hero Honda Chowk will have to be diverted, but this will happen sometime early next year. Initially, we will do the job of laying the foundation and the ground work will start later,” the NHAI official said.
Local residents have long been demanding the construction of a flyover or underpass at Hero Honda Chowk, one of the most accident-prone areas on the Delhi-Jaipur highway.
Though the Rs 100 crore project – cost of which is to be shared between NHAI and Haryana government in the ratio of 3:1 – was last year approved by the Union road transport and highways ministry, it got delayed due to one reason or the other, the latest being the shifting of a petrol pump in the area to an alternate location.
Blaming HUDA for the delay in execution of the project, the NHAI official said, “The deadline to send us the estimates for shifting of power, sewer and water pipelines as well as the petrol pump was November 10. We have sent them two reminders so far but no communication has been made to us.”