The Gurgaon-Faridabad Road,built by Reliance Infrastructure Limited (RInfra),became operational from Sunday. The four-laning of Gurgaon-Faridabad corridor and the two laning of Ballabhgarh-Sohna corridor have been completed and toll collections have started.
Gurgaon-Faridabad Road is the sixth road project to be taken up by the company across the country through its Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) GF Toll Road Private Limited.
Officials said it was the companys first state road project executed on a BOT (Build,Operate and Transfer) pattern under Haryana Public Works Department. The project will be transferred to the government after a concession period of 17 years during which time the road will be operated and maintained by RInfras SPV.
The road has been built at a cost of Rs 800 crore. Gurgaon Faridabad corridor connects major tourist destinations,industrial zones,corporate offices and INdira Gandhi International airport. The 66 km-long corridor includes Gurgaon-Faridabad,Ballabhgarh-Sohna,Pali Bakri,Surajkund Road.
The 25-km Gurgaon-Faridabad stretch,starting from Gurgaons Mehrauli Road in Sikanderpur and ending at the junction of Pali Bhakri Road in Faridabad, has been built by widening the exiting two-lane road to four lanes. A six-km Municipal Corporation of Faridabad road to Surajkund and a three-km Crusher Zone road was also constructed for the benefit of commuters.
Company officials said the 28-km Ballabhgarh- Sohna Road from Ballabhgarh to Rewari-Palwal involved re-construction and widening of two lanes.
The average vehicle speed on the corridor now will go up from 12km/hour to 60 km/hour,which will help in reducing travel time. Commuters can cover the entire Gurgaon-Faridabad-Ballabhgarh-Sohna stretch in less than two hours now. Earlier,the same distance used to take almost five hours.
Keeping the traffic density in mind,a 14-lane toll plaza has been constructed on Gurgaon-Faridabad road and a six-lane toll plaza at Crusher Zone. Also,two toll plazas of six lanes each has been built on Ballabhgarh-Sohna stretch.
Lalit Jalan,CEO of Reliance Infrastructure,said,This will increase commuting convenience. Some sections of the corridor with dangerous curves and steep rises have been realigned,so that commuters can maintain the minimum design speed and enjoy a comfortable ride. Approximately 36,000 vehicles are expected to use the stretch a day.