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GURUGRAM: NHAI has put locks at the entry gates of the 3 non-motorised tracks (pedestrian underpasses) at the IFFCO Chowk crossing, which have been built at a price of Rs 20 crore.
The NMTs have been conceptualised by way of NHAI and designed by way of MCG in 2015. The development was once completed in January 2017 but the NMTs have now not been opened for pedestrians and that's not most likely till an company is appointed to protect the same.

Saurabh Singhal, the crew chief and site visitors transportation skilled at Bloom Companies, the NHAI marketing consultant for the mission, said, “MCG did the architectural and designing paintings while NHAI accomplished the mission. The sole function of the NMTs was once to make sure that pedestrians may just simply move the nationwide highway.”

The minimal velocity of vehicles is 80km/hour at the highway and within the absence of underpasses, pedestrians chance their lives to move it. In the past three hundred and sixty five days, 11 persons have lost their lives crossing the nationwide highway at the stretch between Sirhaul and Kherki Daula.

“The development of the NMTs was once completed a year ago however they have got been closed because there is no one to protect the same. So many unwanted other folks input the NMTs without understand. So, until GMDA takes over the NMTs, the locks will keep in position,” said an authentic with Gawar Construction, the company which carried out the construction. The authentic added, “According to the contract, we completed the construction and have to take care of upkeep of more than a few components. However, safety and security will probably be within the palms of some different company.”

A meeting was once held between NHAI and GMDA on Thursday the place the GMDA CEO directed his officials to take over the NMTs after a site inspection. However, no date has been assigned for the takeover.


Sudhir Krishna, former secretary, city building, said, “The more the choice of NMTs, the simpler it's for pedestrians. Since these pedestrian underpasses have been constructed and are useful, they must now not lie unused. NHAI too can commercialise them so that shops can come up there, which can clear up all security-related problems.”


School of Planning and Architecture has carried out a find out about on pedestrian crossing at Iffco Chowk. Professor Sewa Ram from School of Planning and Architecture said, “We have came upon that during an hour, eight,101 pedestrians move this junction.” However, he said that the design of the pedestrian underpasses was once flawed. “What was once the will of 3 pedestrian underpasses which don't seem to be attached? Also, such lengthy underpasses pose a chance for pedestrians,” he said.


Meanwhile, the underpass ramps have been taken over by way of homeless individuals who sleep beneath the colour or shopkeepers who keep their belongings there.




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