IN TWO PARTS The construction of the project’s first part will begin after two weeks, officials said.
The work on the second part of the project is being started first because the land is available and encroachment is negligible.
ASHOK SHARMA, project director, NHAI
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is going to start work on phase two of the Sohna road project in the next two-three days. The construction of phase 1 will begin after two weeks as encroachments on this stretch are yet to be removed, officials said.
On Monday, the NHAI issued directions for the issue of letter of appointment (the date on which the work is to be started) to the contractor, paving the way for the expansion of the stretch between Badshahpur and Sohna.
The 21.66-km Sohna road expansion project is being developed by the highway authority in two parts at a cost of ₹1,300 crore.
The second part on which the work will start comprises a 12.72-km section from Badhshapur to Sohna town in which the contractor will build underpasses and flyovers at major crossings and intersections to ensure seamless traffic flow between Gururgam and Sohna.
“We have issued directions to the contractor for transfer of the land for start of the work. It should start within two or three days as letter of appointment has also been issued. The work on this stretch is being started first because the land is available for work and encroachment is negligible,” Ashok Sharma, NHAI project director, said.
The first phase comprises an 8.94-km stretch that includes an underpass and an elevated road from Subhash Chowk to a point beyond Badshahpur. The construction work on this section is likely to begin after two weeks once NHAI and district administration are able to finalise the new alignment of this road near Islampur village, where fresh demarcation has been carried out to establish the ownership of land, said Sharma. During this time, the NHAI and the administration will resolve the issue of encroachments on this stretch, particularly at Islampur village, the official said.
The contract for the ₹606 crore second phase has been awarded to HG Infrastructure. The phase 1 contract has been awarded to Oriental Infrastructure Ltd for building an 8.94-km road, including an elevated stretch of around 5.5-km. The project cost of this stretch is ₹707 crore, officials said.
As per the NHAI, the expansion of this road will considerably reduce congestion on Sohna road and prevent jams at a number of bottlenecks that have emerged over the years. A large number of commercial and residential projects have come up along this road in the last one decade, thus making it necessary to upgrade the stretch, Sharma said.
Source : HT