Thursday, August 27, 2015

Safety audit of 200km of roads in Gurgaon

TNN | Aug 27, 2015, 05.38 AM IST

GURGAON: HUDA has appointed Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) to carry out a safety audit of the 200-km network of roads in Gurgaon. The company has been given six months time to complete the audit at a cost of Rs 2 crore.

Following a report submitted by road safety expert Navdeep Asija, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on its own motion in April had ordered a technical audit of the 200-km road network in Gurgaon in keeping with the integrated mobility plan.

Asija, via the Amicus Curiae in January, had submitted his report to the high court after which during the previous hearings in the matter on February 27 and April 10 the court had insisted that HUDA carry out a technical audit of the 200km of roads in Gurgaon.

In his report, Asija has claimed that the construction of a 16-lane expressway, by means of improvement of the arterial road connecting NH-8 and Golf Course Road, will lead to more traffic jams, instead of reducing them. His report suggests that the court should stay construction of the 16-lane expressway as an interim measure to prevent irreparable damage to the city as in the case of Delhi-Gurgaon expressway.

However, according to HUDA's superintendent engineer, A K Maken, the audit work has been allotted recently to DIMTS. "Following the survey and the report to be submitted in six months, HUDA will undertake planning of improvement of the roads according to the suggestions made by the company," Maken said.

He said that the audit would involve studying the existing network of roads for the need of traffic signals, zebra crossings, increasing width of roads, constructing slip roads, footpaths and cycle tracks to facilitate pedestrian movement, among others.

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