Sohna: Opening of the 12 km Sohna elevated road section on June 2 | Gurgaon News

Gurgaon: Four years after construction began, a 12 km stretch of the Sohna Elevated Road, linking Badshapur to Sohna, was opened to commuters this month, NHAI officials said on Friday. The remaining part, a 9km section to connect Badshapur to Rajiv Chowk on the Delhi-Gurgaon highway and give traffic to and from the highway a signal-free journey to Sohna, will be opened in June, they said. .
“We have already completed 100% of the work on Lot 2 of the elevated road and opened it to commuters from April 1. We have also started collecting the toll for the section,” said a senior official from the National Highways Authority of India. NHAI is responsible for the project. The 12 km stretch cost the authorities Rs 607 crore to construct. Construction of Lot 1, the 9km route, is 85% complete and “we expect it to be ready by June,” the official quoted above said.
The Rs 1,300 crore project has been conceptualized to reduce the current three-hour travel time between Gurgaon and Alwar to less than two hours. It will bypass several busy and congested junctions including the Vatika Chowk in Gurgoan. The elevated road will also be a key link to the Delhi-Mumbai highway corridor which will link India’s two largest urban centers via Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Considered “the longest highway in the world”, the 1,380 km highway is expected to be ready by March 2023.
Work started for the elevated road in 2018 with a deadline of 25 months – or 2020. It has been suspended several times due to delays in moving utilities such as power lines, the harsh lockdown caused by the pandemic , construction bans due to high pollution levels in the NCR and the collapse of a section of the road in August 2020 which suspended work for a month.
The last deadline has been decided for June 2022.
Urban planning experts told TOI that the project will facilitate long-distance traffic, but may not relieve local and regional commuters due to few exit/entry points on the road. Apart from its starting (Rajiv Chowk) and ending (Sohna) points, the elevated road has so far only one exit/entry lane in between – at the toll station near the village of Ghamroj in Gurgaon district. There is no direct route up and down the Elevated Road although it runs along several busy stretches such as the Netaji Subhash Marg and the Southern Perimeter Road.
“There are three types of traffic on the Sohna road, that which is very local, that which has a certain distance but whose origin and destination are along the Sohna road. And the third is long distance. With this elevated road, the long-distance traffic will be managed and the development will also get a boost from the Sohna side, which was neglected before,” said Sewa Ram, head of transport planning department, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA). in Delhi.
“However, concerns will remain about the other two types of traffic merging in the area. Some level of limited access must also be provided to them to ensure that mobility can be fully managed. The idea is that the elevated road will not should not only work for bypass traffic, but also provide access to intermediate settlements,” he added.
Residents also wondered how efficient the road would be for them. “If they had created more entry and exit points on the road, the number of people that would have benefited would have been greater. They should have at least created an access point in Vatika Chowk, so that people living in condominiums on the Southern Perimeter Road (SPR) can also use it,” said Ananya Sinha, a resident of Sector 69 in Gurgaon. .
When asked about this criticism, NHAI officials said multiple entry and exit points could not be created because the elevated road was planned as a “controlled-access highway” and high-speed corridor. Giving additional access points, they said, would defeat its purpose.