Haryana plans to de­velop a new link be­tween Gu­ru­gram, Delhi

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Htpunjab&haryana - Ab­hishek Behl ab­hishek.behl@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

GU­RU­GRAM: To im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween Delhi and Gu­ru­gram, the Haryana gov­ern­ment is ex­plor­ing the op­tion of ex­pand­ing a 3.5-km stretch of a vil­lage road that runs par­al­lel to the Dwarka Ex­press­way and can pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive route of trav­el­ling be­tween the two cities.

The road un­der con­sid­er­a­tion is the Raghopur Road, which touches the 6.5-km-long and 75-m-wide mas­ter sec­tor road that passes through sec­tors 108 and 109 and even­tu­ally meets the Najafgarh-ka­pashera road.

Of­fi­cials said a 1.5-km stretch of this road falls in Delhi and the re­main­ing in Gu­ru­gram. The town and coun­try plan­ning de­part­ment (DTCP) has been given the task of pre­par­ing a pro­posal to ex­pand the road in both Haryana and Delhi. Once the pro­posal is ready, the gov­ern­ment will take up the mat­ter with the Delhi gov­ern­ment on a pri­or­ity ba­sis, of­fi­cials said.

A re­cent visit to the spot re­vealed that the con­di­tion of the road is quite poor. It is only 30-feet wide but also dot­ted with pot­holes. There is also a dire lack of street­lights along the way. The road that starts from Gu­ru­gram ends abruptly at the be­gin­ning of the vil­lage, where an un­paved road takes over. Flanked by agri­cul­tural lands and farm houses on both sides, the road even­tu­ally leads to Delhi. Com­muters trav­el­ling on this stretch al­ways have to en­counter bumpy rides.

The length of the 75-m-long mas­ter sec­tor com­ing from Gu­rurgam is 6-km, whereas the length of the ru­ral stretch is 3.5 km. The mas­ter road com­ing from new Gu­ru­gram passes through sec­tors 106, 108, 109 ends abruptly at a point from where a 30-feet-long thor­ough­fare, also called Raghopur Road, takes over. It leads com­muters to Najafgarh-ka­pashera Road, via the sec­tor roads of 114 and 115.

DTCP of­fi­cials say plans are afoot to ex­pand this road from both the sides so that it can pro­vide seam­less con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween sec­tors 108 and 109 of Gu­ru­gram and Delhi via sec­tors 114 and 115. “The gov­ern­ment asked us to pre­pare a pro­posal for ex­pand­ing and con­nect­ing th­ese two sec­tor roads through Delhi. It would be an al­ter­na­tive to the Dwarka Ex­press­way as it runs par­al­lel and would con­nect Najafgarh road with the new Gu­ru­gram sec­tors, cut­ting through Pataudi road. It could pro­vide a vi­able al­ter­nate con­nec­tion be­tween Delhi and Gu­ru­gram,” district town plan­ner RS Bhath said. The idea to up­grade this road is not new but given the de­lay in com­ple­tion of the Dwarka Ex­press­way, the au­thor­i­ties are keen on tak­ing up this mat­ter with the Delhi gov­ern­ment, said of­fi­cials. Even ear­lier, se­nior DTCP of­fi­cials had ap­proached the Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity(dda) to col­lab­o­rate on up­grad­ing the Del­histretch of the road, so that it could be con­nected through the vil­lages and turned into a per­ma­nent link with Najafgarh Road, said Bhath.

DTCP of­fi­cial said the land within the Delhi ter­ri­tory falls in dif­fer­ent zones of the Delhi’s zonal plan, and was not in­cluded in Cap­i­tal’s mas­ter­plan. “The Haryana gov­ern­ment now plans to take up this road project on a pri­or­ity ba­sis,” said Bhath.

The road is rid­dled with pot­holes and has to be fixed by the au­thor­i­ties.

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