A new eight-lane road connecting south Delhi commuters to Gurgaon and Faridabad is expected to come up soon, with the lieutenant governor on Friday giving approval. The 9.05 kilometre long corridor is expected to help commuters from Mehrauli, Greater Kailash, Chhattarpur, Saket etc to avoid jams at NH-8 and NH-2. The decision to undertake the Rs 597-crore project was taken by the urban development ministry, which will also provide the funds for the project, said officials.
“The state public works department (PWD) is undertaking the construction of the double carriageway road from Mehrauli-Gurgaon road to Gurgaon-Faridabad road. The road, called Mandi Road, presently exists as a two-lane road riddled with potholes and is without a central verge. Widening this road will help commuters bypass the congested routes currently available,” said a senior PWD official.
The road will start at Mehrauli-Gurgaon road, go via Gwala Pahari, and terminate at Gurgaon-Faridabad road, proving to be the shortest connect to Faridabad from south Delhi, said officials.”There were some problems with the initial alignment, it has been decided now that the road will bypass Jaunpur village completely, ensuring minimal disturbance to the village. The road will start with 45 metres right of way (ROW), and widen to 60 metres ROW,” added the official.
Consultants, RITES, are conducting the topographic survey, along with soil and material testing and traffic survey.The decision to upgrade this road was taken in a meeting held on August 16 last year by the urban development ministry.”An estimate amounting to Rs 597 crore was forwarded by PWD to Delhi Development Authority on August 29. Of this, land acquisition alone is expected to require Rs 400 crore, while the rest will include civil, electric, horticulture, consultancy work etc,” added the official.
The width of the carriageway on each side is proposed to be 7.5 metres, with an additional service lane of 4.5 metres on each side.