The alternative 5km four-lane road, bypassing Kherki Daula toll plaza, built by Huda is set to officially open by November-end as the work on the remaining 400m stretch between Sector 76-77 is nearing completion.
Though vehicles have started plying on this road that connects SPR with NH-8 bypassing the toll plaza, Huda officials said that the formal inauguration of this road will be carried out by end of November.
“Work on the dividing road of Sector 76-77 will be completed within the next few weeks after which the entire road will be accessible to commuters,” said YM Mehra, additional chief engineer Huda.
The entire road is complete, except for a 400m stretch where work is in progress. Vehicles are able to take the national highway after taking this road easily and bypass the toll plaza.
Huda had begun work on the 5km road, including 2.8km from SPR to Shikohpur Nagar and 2.2 km from Shikohpur to NH-8 in January this year. The project’s cost is Rs 33.69 crore. The new route will start from the road dividing sectors 75-75A, and meet NH-8 near Sector 83.
Once complete, 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.
Manoj Lakhani, a resident of Sector 90 said, “Along with residential societies spreading across Sector 75 to 95, this road is also important for daily commute towards Manesar, Golf Course road and Sohna road. We are happy that soon our wait at the toll plaza will come to an end.”
However, MCEPL — the company managing the Kherki Daula toll plaza — has claimed that they will be losing Rs17 lakh on a daily basis once this 5km road opens to commuters.
MCEPL CEO S Raghuraman had then said, “We are expecting nearly 35% loss to us as commuters won’t cross the toll plaza. The revenue loss would come to nearly Rs 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.”
In this regard, MCEPL had written to NHAI on May 24 and stated, “If the four-lane road is connected with NH-8 at the toll plaza then minimum revenue and maximum traffic would be diverted through the stretch.”
Source : TOI