To rid Millennium City of traffic jams, Union minister for road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari today laid the foundation stone for three junctions on NH 8 in Gurgaon.
The junctions will be at IFFCO Chowk, Signature Tower Chowk and Rajiv Chowk. Their construction is expected to be completed in 15 months’ time instead of 30 at an estimated cost of Rs 1,005 crore.
Gadkari also said that cameras would be installed under intelligent transport system. He announced that a new access control highway will be constructed between Delhi and Jaipur, which will enable commuters to cover a distance of 270 km in just two hours. It will cost Rs 16,000 crore, and work is expected to start from January 2017.
He further assured that the Dwarka Expressway would also be completed shortly, as work has already started on it. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in his address, requested the Union minister to also get work completed on about 1.75-km stretch of this expressway that lies in Delhi. He also said that the construction of underpasses and flyovers in Gurgaon would come as a big relief to the commuters.
Gadkari said the junction near Ambience Mall would also be improved. He assured that construction work on Manesar-Gurgaon bypass would be started sometime soon. He added, the pilot project of Metrino Personal Rapid Transit System between Dhaula Kuan in Delhi and Manesar would begin too, since it has already received clearance.
The Union minister further assured that Gurgaon roads, which were broken down during the rains, would be repaired on a war footing and the Public Works Department (Buildings and Roads) would assist the Haryana Urban Development Authority and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon in their efforts.
The chief minister also stated that the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) and the Greater SPR have been approved in-principle and would connect Faridabad and Delhi with Manesar. He requested the Union minister to have a U-turn constructed at the old toll barrier in Sarhaul for vehicles bound for Ambience Mall.
Gurgaon MP and Union minister for planning, urban development, housing and poverty alleviation minister, Rao Inderjeet Singh, was also present on the occasion. He demanded that toll charges be waived off at Kherki Daula Toll Plaza for Gurgaon residents.
Haryana PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh, who was also present at the foundation ceremony, praised Gadkari and said three smallest national highways of the world -- Dwarka Expressway, a road connecting Ambience Mall to MG road and another from Manesar to MG road -- had been approved the Union minister in Gurgaon. He, too, demanded that tolls at Kherki Daula Toll Plaza be waived off.