Haryana govt mulling an­other Delhi­Ggm link

A pro­posal to de­velop Raghopur road, which starts in Gu­ru­gram and meets the Na­jaf­garh­Ka­pashera Road in Delhi, is be­ing pre­pared by the DTCP

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram - Ab­hishek Behl ab­hishek.behl@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

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 travel be­tween the two cities.

The road un­der con­sid­er­a­tion is the Raghopur road, which meets the 6.5-km-long and 75-mwide 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 spot re­vealed that the con­di­tion of the road is quite poor. It is only 30 feet wide and 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 farm­houses 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-wide mas­ter sec­tor com­ing from Gu­rurgam is six kilo­me­tres, whereas the length of the ru­ral stretch is 3.5 km.

The mas­ter sec­tor 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 has asked us to pre­pare a pro­posal for ex­pand­ing and con­nect­ing these two sec­tor roads through the Delhi area. It would be an al­ter­na­tive to the Dwarka Ex­press­way, as it runs par­al­lel to it and would con­nect Na­jaf­garh road with the new Gu­ru­gram sec­tors, cut­ting through Pataudi Road. It could pro­vide a vi­able al­ter­na­tive con­nec­tion be­tween Delhi and Gu­ru­gram,” said RS Bhath, district town plan­ner.

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 Delhi stretch of the road, so that it could be con­nected through the vil­lages and turned into a per­ma­nent link with the Na­jaf­garh Road, said Bhath.

DTCP of­fi­cials 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.

At present, sev­eral com­muters from sec­tors 103, 107, 108, 109 and ad­join­ing ar­eas use this road to reach Dwarka, the Delhi air­port and se­lect ar­eas of west Delhi.

“This road needs ex­pan­sion and up­grade, as it is in a poor con­di­tion. Al­though a lot of peo­ple use the road, nav­i­gat­ing it at night be­comes an up­hill task, as there are no street­lights and the area is on out­skirts of both Delhi and Gu­ru­gram,” said Prakhar Sa­hay, a com­muter, who some­times uses this road.

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