The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has started the construction of an underpass and an elevated flyover on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway near Ambience Mall. The work is scheduled to be completed in 18 months. These two passages have been long-awaited and are planned to put an end to traffic jams at Shankar Chowk and the defunct Sirhaul toll plaza.
The underpass would give a safe passage to commuters wanting to reach Ambience Mall, DLF Phase-3, and main the carriageway of the expressway to head towards Manesar. Right now, in order to reach Ambience Mall, DLF Phase-3 or the Cyber City, private vehicles have to travel towards Rajokri and take a U-turn under the flyover, while commercial vehicles have to pay the Delhi municipal tax.
The underpass would come up on the expressway at Dhanchiri camp, near the landing point of the Rajokri flyover, while the elevated flyover that would come up at Shankar Chowk can be used by commuters of DLF Phase-3, Ambience Mall and the Cyber City to reach Udyog Vihar and head towards Delhi via Sirhaul toll plaza. The project is slated to be completed by February 2020, within 18 months from the award of the project. The flyover and the underpass will bring an end to the difficulties in crossing the highway and traffic jams. The underpass is being developed in the public-private partnership (PPP) model with NHAI funding 50% of the project while Ambience Private Limited and DLF will fund the other 50%. For the elevated U-turn, NHAI will contribute 75% of the cost and MCG the remaining 25%.
This facility has been long pending. The residents and city commuters have waited for five years for this project. A series of meetings also took place in this regard between the officials of the NHAI and local authorities. Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari asked the NHAI in August 2017 to expedite the pending proposal and start construction. The flyover is meant for vehicles traveling from the direction of Cyber City and Phase 3 towards New Delhi. The underground U-turn will help commuters from Gurgaon who currently have to travel to Rajokri to take a U-turn to get to Ambience mall.
The 377-metre four-lane underpass will facilitate U-turn for traffic coming from direction of Jaipur towards Ambience Mall, cutting down traveling time for motorists who currently have to drive all the way up to Rajokri flyover in Delhi to take an about-turn. The underpass will allow smooth passage for vehicles traveling from Shankar Chowk towards Ambience Mall and the gated condominiums like the upcoming Project Ambience Creacions surrounding it. Half the cost for the underpass will be borne by the NHAI and the remaining will be shared equally by the Ambience Mall authorities and DLF, a private developer. The underpass, to be constructed at a cost of around ₹102 crore, will also help traffic coming from direction of Jaipur to take a U-turn towards Cyber City, a DLF Property, and Golf Course Road. More than the users of personal vehicles, the Ambience Mall underpass will be a boon to commercial vehicles such as hired cabs. The commercial vehicles now need to pay the municipal tax at Delhi-Haryana border to reach Ambience Mall coming from the direction of Jaipur.
Elevated U-Turn Flyover
The three-lane elevated U-turn flyover near Shankar Chowk, to be built at a cost of ₹58.96 crore, will facilitate traffic coming from the direction of Ambience Mall and Cyber City to take about-turn towards Delhi, instead of going to IFFCO Chowk. It will also lessen traffic burden at IFFCO Chowk, one of the busiest intersections on NH-48. The flyover will come up on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway just before IFFCO Chowk near the Bharit Airtel building. While 75% of the cost for the project will be borne by the NHAI, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram will bear the rest.
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) project director Ashok Sharma said the two projects would be constructed at a cost of ₹161.90 crore, including the civil construction cost of ₹107.85 crore. The projects will include the utility cost of ₹30 crore, besides the other costs of around ₹24 crore. NHAI has already constructed a host of underpasses and flyovers along the Delhi-Jaipur highway where Sirhaul border is actually located. The area used to witness massive jam, especially during the festival season. It also forms a vital link between Gurugram and Delhi but all the office goers moving towards Udyog Vihar, DLF Phase-3 and Ambience Lagoon also use the stretch. To deal with the massive traffic jams experienced around the area the Gurugram police has planned demarcation of entries and exits around the area. The NHAI has also prepared a traffic diversion plan for the underpass project and the same has been sent to the Gurugram Police for its approval.