By : Sandali Tiwari
In an bid to decongest major intersections on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has finalised the plan to construct underpasses at IFFCO Chowk, Rajiv Chowk and the Signature Tower intersection.
The final model, which has been agreed upon by the civic body, is a rotary-based model, wherein the three major intersections will have rotary underpasses and overpasses. The model would also have features such as lanes dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists, cable cars and foot-over bridges (FOBs).
“According to the plan, alone with the already existing flyover and arterial lanes at these three busy intersections, we would have an elaborate network of service lanes and slip roads on the highway to decongest traffic,” said the MCG commissioner Praveen Kumar.
MCG has asked the project consultant, Delhi-based consultancy firm, Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) Limited to come up with a feasibility report, a detailed project report (DPR) and to calculate the estimate of the underpass model.
According to MCG officials, the tenders for the plan will be rolled out by the end of this month and each rotary underpass is likely to cost between Rs 300 crore and Rs 350 crore.
Though MCG has given a go-ahead to this project, they are still awaiting necessary permissions from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Gurgaon traffic police. “As far as permissions are concerned, we are in talks with the authorities and would soon reach a conclusion,” said Kumar.
“The plan to construct the underpasses has been made keeping in mind the traffic hurdles that may arise in the future due to the ever increasing number of vehicles on the roads and to overcome this, we would keep the alternative slip roads and lanes open for the public,” the commissioner added.
The commissioner had asked DIMTS to come up with a plan that will cater to the traffic for the next 50 years. He has also asked them to integrate the future extension of both Rapid Metro and Delhi Metro in the plan.