Makeover of Gurgaon’s Golf Course Road misses deadline

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Expansion of Golf Course Road into a 16-lane, signal-free expressway connecting Shankar Chowk with Sector 55/56 is an ambitious project that has been taken up by the government. But unfortunately, this promising new development will fail to meet its second deadline and may not be completed until the middle of 2017. Because considering the present scenario completing it even by the next deadline seems to be a rare possibility. The reason is that a flyover and widening of the road in two places are mired in land acquisition trouble.

Although the project is much closer to the finish line, but the final lap remains a cause for concern. But DLF, which is executing the project along with Huda has assured that it will be able to wrap up all work by next March. Eighty-five percent of the project has already been completed. It is only the remaining 15 percent that includes a flyover and widening at Shankar Chowk and Sikanderpur, is left. These two are the busiest areas by which the road passes. The biggest advantage that the people will get after the completion of the construction of this road is the access to a 16-lane expressway which is an 8.3-km signal-free corridor linking the Gurgaon-Delhi expressway with Sector 55/56.

Certain hindrances like land encroachments and acquisition, falling and shifting of trees, construction of Rapid Metro Phase 2 are posing as threats to the execution of this project. And these problems that have occurred at the site have caused the work on the road to get delayed.

DLF official has said that, as some components of the project, like the underpass at DLF 5, were introduced later, these parts would not be completed before March 31, 2017. But the rest of the project should be completed within two months. Although additional work on landscaping will start after that.

Above all the hurdles, re-laying of water, sewerage and electricity lines has been the most challenging one. The lines had to be re-laid without disturbing people living in that area. On top of that, these are the busiest roads of the city.

There has also been a delay in building Rapid Metro Phase-II stations. The construction of the adjoining road has also been delayed at a few places. Although a Rapid Metro spokesperson has disclosed that 90 percent of the project is complete.

Huda administrator, during a recent visit, has requested the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, to look into the Golf Course Road makeover project. He also stressed on its timely completion.

As the Neha Nursery case is already being heard in the Supreme Court, it is expected all obstacles will be cleared in the near future. Moreover, the Huda is taking this project as its top priority and it is also providing necessary support for early completion.

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