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Elevated U-turn at IFFCO Chowk to open to public today

The elevated U-turn will reduce traffic congestion at IFFCO Chowk, one of the busiest intersections on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway.

The elevated U-turn will reduce traffic congestion at IFFCO Chowk, one of the busiest intersections on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway.   | Photo Credit: Manoj Kumar

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Will facilitate traffic coming from the direction of Jaipur and Old Gurugram

The elevated U-turn at IFFCO Chowk, one of the two such flyovers at the busy intersection on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway, will be opened to the public on Tuesday. It will facilitate the traffic coming from the direction of Jaipur and Old Gurugram to take U-turn and reach Mehrauli-Gurugram Road.

Project Director of National Highways Authority of India, Ashok Sharma, said the U-turn flyover would be formally opened at a low-key function around 9.30 a.m.

Length and cost

The four-lane uni-directional flyover across National Highway-48 towards Delhi side with the length of 917 m has been built at the cost of ₹32.75 crore with street lights on both sides.

Mr. Sharma said all signage and informality and caution signage boards were installed as per Indian Road Congress standards.

The other U-turn flyover at the IFFCO Chowk towards Jaipur side was opened to traffic on November 1 last year, but the opening of the present flyover was delayed due to shifting of high tension overhead electrical wires.

The opening of the elevated U-turn will reduce traffic congestion at IFFCO Chowk, one of the busiest intersections on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway. It will also bring down the waiting time at the intersection and be a relief for commuters.

The elevated U-turn was part of a project for the construction of flyovers and underpasses at four major intersections in the city — IFFCO Chowk, Signature Tower, Maharana Pratap Chowk and Rajiv Chowk — to smoothen the traffic flow on Delhi-Gurugram Expressway and between Old and New Gurugram.

Though most of the project has been completed ahead of the March 31, 2019 deadline, a four-lane flyover running parallel to the existing IFFCO Chowk flyover for signal-free passage to the traffic coming from the direction of Delhi and a right-turn underpass on Mehrauli-Gurugram Road are yet to be completed.

Mr. Sharma said that a 220-KV high-tension electrical line was to be shifted delaying the opening of the flyover. The shifting, he said, was to be done by construction company Gawar Constructions Limited under the supervision and direction of Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited.

He said that the work was likely to be completed by February-end.

The underpass is stuck due to delay in shifting of a petrol pump on MG Road and the matter is sub judice over allotment of alternate plot to the pump’s owner. Haryana Sahari Vikas Pradhikaran Administrator Chander Shekhar Khare said they had moved the Supreme Court and the matter was likely to be heard in January 2019.

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