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18 Mths On, Gmda Yet To Revamp Key Stretch Linking Nh8 And Pataudi Road | Gurgaon News – Times of India

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GURGAON: GMDA has missed the deadline to revamp the 5.6km road connecting National Highway (NH) 8 and Pataudi road.
Work on the road started in February last year, with a deadline of 18 months. But almost one-third of the work is still pending, and it is likely to take another four months to complete, officials of the Gurugram Development Metropolitan Authority (GMDA) said on Monday.
The project was first conceptualised in 2020. Work could begin only in 2022 as the authority had to float the tender thrice. An estimate of Rs 66 crore was prepared for upgrading the road, which will include service lanes, cycle tracks, footpaths and green areas.
GMDA officials attributed the delay in completing the project to erratic rain this year, apart from the ban on construction activities during the winter when air quality across NCR deteriorates to hazardous levels.
A penalty of Rs 1.5 crore was also issued against the agency carrying out the work for the delays, officials said on Monday.
They said construction will be expedited once monsoon ends, and they are hoping to complete the revamp by the end of this year.
“The project got delayed mainly because of the excessive rainfall at regular periods of time during this time of the year. It is not ideal to undertake bituminous work when the surface is wet as it will develop cracks and get easily washed away. We have already started procuring materials and machinery and hope to start the bituminous work on road by the first week of September,” the senior GMDA official said.
Additionally, there are around 12-13 patches on the road, which haven’t been acquired yet, impeding progress of the project. Evaluation of some of these patches has been done, but compensation is yet to be released by the HSVP. Some landowners have also approached the court challenging the acquisition over low prices.
“Some of the cases have been resolved but there are around 12-13 cases with pending issues over land acquisition. We are regularly taking up the matter with HSVP for early resolution,” the official added.
Dharam Veer Singh, RWA president of Mapsko Casabella, said the authority has not been able to provide encroachment-free road connectivity.
“Work is being done at a slow pace since the beginning, leading to traffic congestion during peak hours at Dadi Sati Chowk and Jai Singh Chowk. Although they have all the means to acquire land, it seems like there is no intent for it. The road should not be left incomplete due to land acquisition,” the RWA president said.



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