Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has announced a new access control highway between Delhi and Jaipur which will reduce the travel time between the cities to just two hours. The 270-km distance takes over six hours by road now.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone for improvement work on three junctions on NH-8 on Sunday, he said that highway will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 16,000 crore.
“The new access control highway between Delhi and Jaipur will enable the commuters to cover the distance of 270 km between the two cities in just two hours. The work on this highway will be started from January 2017, and is expected to cost Rs 16,000 crore,” he said.
Gadkari said that land acquisition for this new highway will be started soon and suggested that Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar should promote development along both sides of this highway so as to bring down the cost.
He also announced that cameras will be installed on NH-8 under intelligent transport system to keep watch on traffic rule violators.
The improvement work of three junctions on NH-8 in Gurugram, costing Rs 1,005 crore, will be completed in 15 months' time instead of 30 months, the minister said.
On plans to ensure seamless traffic flow on NH-8, he said that work on the flyover at IMT Manesar Chowk would be completed soon. He said four underpasses and as many flyovers would be constructed to make the traffic movement seamless.
Gadkari said work on the Dwarka Expressway had commenced and it would be completed soon.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar urged him to get the 1.75-km stretch of this expressway, which falls in Delhi area, done quickly.
Gadkari said the junction near Ambience Mall would also be improved.
In addition, he assured to start construction work on the Manesar-Gurgaon bye-pass in near future. The pilot project of Metrino System between Dhaula Kuan in Delhi and Manesar had been cleared and work would be started soon, he said.
Gurgaon MP and Union Planning, Urban Development, Housing and Poverty Alleviation Minister, Rao Inderjeet Singh demanded waiving of the toll charges for the residents of Gurgaon at Kherki Daula Toll Plaza on the pattern of Gujarat.
With Agency Inputs