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Rajiv Chowk and Signature Tower underpasses set to open in January

Rajiv Chowk and Signature Tower underpasses set to open in January

The New Year promises to bring a gift for Millennium City residents. Two underpasses on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway — at Signature Tower and Rajiv Chowk — are likely to be opened by January 10. Traffic trials are expected to start in the next few days at both. A third underpass at Iffco Chowk, though, is yet to overcome the land hurdle.

All three are being constructed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to decongest the expressway and ensure smooth traffic flow from one side of the city to another. By the time they are finished, the mammoth project will have cost the exchequer Rs 1,000 crore, including Rs 734.45 crore for just the underpasses and another Rs 300 crore for related works. Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari had inaugurated the project in September 2016.

The Iffco Chowk flyover and underpass project alone will cost Rs 285.12 crore. It will have a bridge, ramp and underpass. The Signature Tower project will cost Rs 215.01 crore, and comprise of a roundabout towards Maharana Pratap Chowk in addition to the underpass. The underpass at Rajeev Chowk will come at a cost of Rs 234.32 crore.

Deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh said though deadline for completion of the project is March 2018, the main tunnel of the two underpasses at Signature Tower and Rajiv Chowk will be made operational by January 10. “Traffic trials will start in the next few days, and they will become operational by January 10,” said Singh, adding that foot-overbridges and lanes for non-motorised transport are expected to be ready by end-January.

He added that impediments related to land acquisition for construction of slip roads alongside the underpasses have been resolved. “There were some issues regarding the announcement of the compensation award for land acquisition. It has been resolved, so we’ll take possession of the land soon,” said Singh, adding there were no legal hurdles in the acquisition.

 With the opening of the Rajiv Chowk underpass, people coming from Old Gurgaon will be able to proceed towards Sohna road with ease. Similarly, people approaching from Sohna road will be able to reach the district court without being stuck in the congestion at the crossing. Rajiv Chowk was one of the biggest choke-points on the expressway as traffic from both sides merge here. The Signature Tower underpass will similarly ensure smooth traffic flow from Atul Kataria Chowk to Huda City Centre and Gymkhana Club, and vice versa.
 
The Iffco Chowk underpass is behind schedule mainly due to land acquisition hurdles. Authorities are yet to shift a petrol pump and 220 kV electric towers in the alignment of the carriageway. “Shifting the petrol pump and the electricity towers may take some time. They have been taken up with respective authorities, and we’re expecting to overcome these hurdles by end-January,” said Singh.
 
 Huda estate officer 2 Vivek Kalia said they have allotted an alternative plot to the petrol pump owner. “Although Huda has allotted an alternative plot, we’re yet to get possession of the petrol pump land,” said Kalia, adding they will hand it over to NHAI as soon as they get possession of the land.
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source: timesofindia
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