In a major step forward towards the construction of an eight-lane flyover along the Delhi-Jaipur Highway at Hero Honda Chowk in Gurgaon, the Haryana government on Tuesday transferred about eight acres of HUDA land at the site to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), according to a spokesperson of the Haryana government.
“The flyover would be constructed at an approximate cost of Rs 100 crore,” the spokesperson said. According to NHAI officials, the chowk will receive immense relief from regular traffic snarls when the one-km long flyover is constructed, along with an underpass, and will allow for continuity of traffic.
“Initially, the plan was to go for a six-lane flyover since the highway below was also six-lane. But anticipating problems in the future, we decided to plan for an eight-lane flyover. We also want to build an underpass at the site, but realised that we needed more land,” an NHAI official said.
The official explained that if the underpass was made without making space for a service road along NH 8, which was planned to be two-lanes wide on either side of the road, the traffic that was going straight on NH 8 would get stuck due to the vehicles taking U-turns below the flyover at the chowk.
According to the official, the need for extra land was explained to the state government in a meeting in January, following which it was agreed that the government would provide additional HUDA land nearby — part of the green cover.
“The land that was available was heavily encroached upon at the time, with a petrol pump close by. Encroachment will have to be removed and various clearances obtained, including that from the forest department before work can go ahead,” the official said.