Staff Reporter

Two flyovers on National Highway-8 at Mahipalpur and Udyog Vihar opened

NEW DELHI: The travel time between Delhi and Gurgaon was significantly reduced on Tuesday with the inauguration of two flyovers on National Highway-8 at Mahipalpur and Udyog Vihar crossings by Union Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister T.R. Baalu in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

With the opening of these flyovers, constructed as part of the Delhi-Gurgaon Access-Controlled (Expressway) project, the travelling time on the stretch has been reduced from about 50 minutes earlier to just about 20 minutes now. Also, with the diversion gone, the travelling distance between Rajokari and Mahipalpur has been reduced by around 3 km.

The opening of the 1.8-km Mahipalpur flyover and the 1.5 km Udyog Vihar flyover has come within three months of the inauguration of the Gurgaon Sector-31 and Jharsa flyovers on NH-8. And now, the completion of the flyovers at South City and Iffco Chowk is being speeded up for opening by February-end.

The entire project from Rao Tula Ram Marg junction on Outer Ring Road in Delhi to the 42 km milestone in Haryana was initially supposed to be completed in 2005 but would now be completed by September 2007.

Rajesh Ahuja adds from Chandigarh:

TheHaryana Chief Minister said that a vision document for Gurgaon would be prepared for its development in a phased manner in view of its projected population by the year 2021.

Mr. Hooda was addressing a meeting of the officers of the District Administration in Gurgaon.

Mr. Hooda said that suggestions of various departments and other related institutes would be considered while formulating the vision document.

He reiterated that many foreign investors were keen on setting up their ventures in Gurgaon and the Government had already formulated several plans to provide world-class infrastructure in Gurgaon city.

He added that Rs. 776 crores would be spent on providing basic amenities in Gurgoan city in the next three years.