NHAI & GMDA to accelerate infra development works: resolve issues pertaining to missing links and drainage network on NH8, improve road connectivity

 NHAI & GMDA to accelerate infra development works: resolve issues pertaining to missing links and drainage network on NH8, improve road connectivity

A meeting was chaired by Shri Santosh Kumar Yadav, Chairman National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to deliberate on greater coordination between departments to expedite infra development in the city. Present were Shri P.C. Meena, Chief Executive Officer, Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, and other officers of NHAI, GMDA, Municipal Corporation Gurugram and Municipal Corporation Manesar.  

NHAI and GMDA along with other government departments will cohesively work together to further augment infrastructure development projects in the city and to resolve the bottle-necks that may be posing as hindrances to the futuristic and ongoing works. In the meeting held today at NHAI office, various projects and works were deliberated on and a joint consensus was reached to expedite the works for the benefit of the public at large. 

“We will work towards resolving the matter of missing links & issuance of permits required for GMDA to take forward their infrastructure development projects,” said Chairman NHAI.  

The proposal for the construction of 2.4 Km length elevated corridor from Hero Honda Chowk to Umang Bhardwaj Chowk being helmed by NHAI to relieve traffic congestion on this pivotal stretch was discussed. CEO GMDA added that since the new metro line extension is proposed on this route, the Right of Way (RoW) made available by GMDA for this project may be merged accordingly in the design plan to seamlessly accommodate both the metro corridor and elevated road on single pillars to boost rail and road connectivity with lesser requirement of RoW. Chairman NHAI agreed and directed that a joint meeting of NHAI, HMRTC and GMDA officers may be scheduled to take the planning forward. 

The upcoming Dwarka Expressway under construction by NHAI will greatly enhance the road network between the major sectors of New Gurugram and New Delhi. GMDA is also working towards providing master services and utilities in view of the growing inhabitation along the Dwarka Expressway. 

The matter of resolving the issues of missing links and unavailable RoW along the Dwarka Expressway and Central Peripheral Road was raised by CEO GMDA in order to accelerate the laying and commissioning of the master services pertaining to laying of water supply pipelines, drainage & sewer network, construction of service roads, etc, for the benefit of the residents. Eight such locations were discussed in the meeting and NHAI intervention was requested to facilitate in making the master services provided by GMDA functional for public use. Chairman NHAI directed the NHAI officers to prepare the proposal for resolving the issues related to missing links and road alignment to expedite the works being taken up by GMDA on Dwarka Expressway. 

“Several bottle-necks coming in the way of development works and making master services functional for the public have been taken up with NHAI in the meeting today. We will closely coordinate with the team for their quick resolution,” said CEO GMDA 

GMDA is also working to strengthen the drainage network along NH8. In addition to the present master drains Leg 1, Leg 2 and Leg 3 of GMDA, the Authority is also working on the proposal for construction of Leg 4 drain from Vatika Chowk to NH 8 which will help reduce the pressure on the Badshahpur drain during periods of heavy rainfall. 

Additionally, to resolve the pressing issue of waterlogging in the low lying Narsinghpur area along NH8, CEO GMDA proposed a plan to construct a 800 meter box-drain cum road from Narsinghpur with a gravity flow towards Badshahpur drain, for a permanent solution to alleviate the waterlogging on this stretch. Chairman NHAI was in concurrence that a long-term drainage solution is required for Narsinghpur area and agreed in principal for acquiring land acquisition wherever required under NH Act to expedite long pending issues. Further inputs to temporary curb the spillage of storm water onto the main NH8 carriageway were also suggested by GMDA officers. It was also submitted that the pumping machinery installed at Narsinghpur this year is of higher capacity viz-a-viz last year to provide relief during the monsoon season. 

Major work is also being undertaken to strengthen the functionality of the drains alongside NH8 with the joined efforts of GMDA, MCG and MCM. The construction of master drain along NH-48 from Naurangpur road flyover to Rampura Flyover is in the pipeline of GMDA and it was submitted that the permission for laying of drains under the service road which comes under the jurisdiction of NHAI, may be granted to fast-track the work progress.  

NHAI officers added that service lanes on both sides of Rampura Chowk will be repaired within 15 days. 

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