Huda is building a four-lane road (5 kms) on the eastern side of the Delhi-Gurugram expressway to connect the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) with NH8, bypassing the Kherki Daula toll plaza. The road will be operational within the next one month. A 400-metre stretch of the road between Sector 76 to Sector 77 is yet to be constructed.
Millennium City Expressway Private Limite (MCEPL), the company managing the Kherki-Daula toll plaza, has raised objections over the road with NHAI, claiming it would be losing Rs 17 lakh daily after its opening. The company wrote a letter to NHAI on May 24, saying “if Huda’s four-lane road is connected with NH8, bypassing the Kherki Daula toll plaza, minimum revenue and maximum traffic would be diverted through the four lanes.” The road will merge with NH8 a mere 300 metres away from the toll plaza.
MCEPL CEO S Raghuraman said, “We are expecting nearly 35% loss to us as commuters won’t cross the toll plaza. The revenue loss would come to nearly 17 lakh every single day. However, we can’t stop the construction of this road as it’s in some other area and some other agency has made it. We have given a letter to NHAI and are waiting for its reply.”
The work on the 5-km road, including 2.8 kms from SPR to Shikohpur Nagar and 2.2 kms from Shikohpur to NH8, started in January this year.
Shweta Sharma, executive engineer, Huda, said, “Apart for the 400-metre stretch between Sector 76 to 77, the road is complete. The only reason why work on the 400 metres is yet to be done is because sewage work was going on in the area. In the next one month, the road will be fully operational.” The project’s cost to Huda has been Rs 33.69 crore. The deadline for the project was July.
The new road will connect with SPR via the road dividing sectors 75 and 75A, meet NH8 near Sector 83 via the road dividing sectors 77 and 78, and pass through sectors 76 and 77. Once these new sector roads are operational, commuters from Golf Course Road and Faridabad can directly reach Manesar through SPR, without needing to cross the busy Kherki-Daula toll plaza.
The road is also expected to benefit residents of new sectors 80-90 as they will be able to reach Golf Course Road, Sohna Road, Faridabad Road and other parts of Gurugram without having to cross the toll plaza.
This road was planned as commuters were finding it hard to stand in long queues at the toll plaza. “We made the road to ease the traffic flow at the toll,” said Sharma.Developers are happy with the opening of the new route. Ravish Kapoor, director, Elan Group, said, “The road will become a lifeline for lakhs of commuters coming from Faridabad and nearby areas to Gurugram, as they would be able to reach Manesar without having to cross the Kherki Daula toll plaza. Additionally, it
will give a boost to several realty projects being developed along the SPR by enhancing the connectivity quotient and ease of access.”
Similarly, Rahul Singla, director, Mapsko Group, said, “Now, travelling from Delhi to Gurugram will become easier for daily commuters.”