Published On:January 23 2018
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Two underpasses opened on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway.

The two underpasses at Signature Tower and Rajiv Chowk intersections on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway were thrown open to the public on Monday, improving connectivity between Old and New Gurugram.

The underpasses, which have been opened over a year ahead of schedule, are expected to ease traffic flow on the two major intersections of the expressway.

Ongoing project

The underpasses were opened to traffic around noon after formal inauguration by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in the presence of Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Mansukh L. Mandaviya and Union Minister of State for Planning, Chemicals and Fertilizers Rao Inderjit Singh.

The underpasses are part of the ongoing over ₹1,000 crore project to ease traffic movement at four major intersections here. Construction work started on December 1, 2016, and completion date is March 31, 2019, as per the contract.

“We have opened the Rajiv Chowk and Signature Tower underpasses to the common public in 13 months. The project had a deadline of 30 months. Along with this, non-motorised transport tracks have been opened for cyclists and pedestrians. Efforts are on to complete the entire project by March 31. With this, all four junctions will be signal-free to ensure free flow of traffic,” said Ashok Kumar Sharma, General Manager (Technical) and Project Director, National Highways Authority of India, Gurugram.

Besides these, the ₹34 crore Maharana Pratap Chowk flyover and the ₹30 crore underpass at Rajiv Chowk to facilitate U-turn for vehicles going from Medanta Hospital to Delhi, also part of the same project, were opened by the Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on August 14 last year. Similarly, one of the two four-lane unidirectional flyovers coming up on either side of IFFCO Chowk was opened to traffic for trial run on November 1, facilitating a U-turn for traffic coming from Mehrauli-Gurugram Road.

Mr. Khattar said efforts are on to enter into an agreement with the concessionaire to remove Kherki Dhaula toll plaza or shift it near Sahrawan village.

THE HINDU


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