May 28, 2013, 08.00AM IST
सचिन हुड्डा ॥ फरीदाबाद
कई बार ग्रीवॉन्स रिड्रेसल कमिटी की मीटिंग में मामला उठने और आदेश के बाद अब बल्लभगढ़-तिगांव रोड का पुनर्निर्माण शुरू होने की उम्मीद है। रोड बनाने के लिए नैशनल बैंक फॉर एग्रीकल्चर एंड रूरल डिवेलपमेंट (नाबार्ड) लोन दे रहा है। बैंक की टीम ने हाल ही में रोड का निरीक्षण किया है और अधिकारियों को रोड के लिए जरूरी दिशानिर्देश दिए हैं। पीडब्ल्यूडी बी एंड आर विभाग के अधिकारियों का कहना है कि नाबार्ड की जिस टीम ने रोड का निरीक्षण किया है, वह एक-दो दिन में अपनी रिपोर्ट हमें सौंप देगी। उसके बाद रोड बनाने की प्रक्रिया आगे बढ़ाई जाएगी।
काफी समय से हो रही है मांग
बल्लभगढ़-तिगांव रोड को बेहतर बनाने की मांग लोग लंबे समय से कर रहे हैं। कई बार यह मसला ग्रीवॉन्स रिड्रेसल कमिटी में भी जोर-शोर से उठाया जा चुका है। बल्लभगढ़ से मंझावली तक लगभग 18 किमी लंबा यह रास्ता दर्जनों गांवों का मुख्य रोड है और हजारों लोग रोजाना इसका यूज करते हैं। इन दिनों रोड की हालत काफी खस्ता है। रोड पर गहरे गड्ढे हैं, जिनमें अक्सर पानी भरा रहता है। रोड के किनारे जहां पर गांव बसे हैं, वहां रोड बहुत बेकार है। इसके साथ ही सेक्टर-2 के पास रोड के लिए आगरा नहर पर बना पुल भी काफी संकरा है, जिस पर अक्सर जाम की स्थिति बनी रहती है।
कहीं 9 तो कहीं 7 मीटर होगी चौड़ाई
लंबे समय से रोड को बेहतर बनाने की मांग को देखते हुए इस रोड के पुनर्निर्माण की तैयारियां की गई हैं। इसके लिए लगभग 29 करोड़ रुपये का बजट तैयार किया गया है। रोड को कुछ जगहों पर तारकोल व रोड़ी का बनाया जाएगा और कुछ जगहों पर सीमेंट व कंकरीट से। आबादी वाले स्थानों पर रोड थोड़ा ऊंचा होगा, ताकि इस पर पानी न भरे। बल्लभगढ़ से नीमका गांव तक रोड की चौड़ाई 9 मीटर होगी। इसके आगे रोड साढ़े 5 से 7 मीटर तक चौड़ा रखा जाएगा।
बनेगा 10 मीटर चौड़ा पुल
रोड के लिए आगरा नहर पर जो पुल बना है, वह काफी संकरा है और अक्सर जाम का कारण बनता है। रोड के लिए नया पुल तैयार किया जाएगा और इस पुल की चौड़ाई लगभग 10 मीटर होगी। पुल चौड़ा होने के बाद इस पर लगने वाले जाम से मुक्ति मिल जाएगी। अधिकारियों का कहना है कि इस रोड पर ट्रैफिक का लोड अधिक होने से यह बार-बार टूट जाता है। इसलिए रोड को अधिक क्षमता सहन करने के योग्य बनाया जाएगा। इसके लिए टेस्टिंग आदि का काम पूरा हो चुका है। रोड पर पानी न भरे, इसके साथ लिए रोड के साथ पानी निकासी के लिए नालियों का भी निर्माण किया जाएगा।
काम जल्द होगा शुरू
पीडब्ल्यूडी बी एंड आर विभाग के एक्सईएन दिलबाग सिंह ढांढा ने बताया कि रोड के निर्माण को लेकर नाबार्ड की टीम ने शुक्रवार को अपना निरीक्षण पूरा किया है। उन्होंने हमें कुछ जरूरी सुझाव भी दिए हैं। टीम अगले एक – दो दिन में हमें रिपोर्ट सौंप देगी। उसके बाद सुझावों के अनुसार बजट में कुछ फेरबदल कर रोड के निर्माण की प्रक्रिया को शुरू कर दिया जा एगा।
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has not included the provision for a wildlife corridor in the upcoming Faridabad-Palwal Expressway project.
The 179.5-km-long expressway will connect Faridabad to Mathura and Agra.
“There is no mention of a wildlife corridor in the project plan,” said Suresh Kumar, technical manager for the Faridabad-Palwal Expressway, NHAI.
The six-lane project received its forest clearance on April 16. It cuts through the forest area that houses the Nilgai, Hyena, Peafowl, Jackals etc.
“A wildlife corridor is a must for this expressway. Animals keep travelling along the stretch in search of food and water. Chances are high that they may be run over by speeding vehicles. Besides, a large number of cattle graze along this stretch,” said Vinod Kumar, wildlife conservator, Gurgaon forest department.
The construction of the project, which is due to start on October 16, will be completed in the next two-and-a-half-years.
According to NHAI’s plan, a 13-km-long Metro line, an extension of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), is also likely to be constructed from Badarpur in South Delhi to Ballabhgarh in Faridabad district.
Earlier, too, no provision had been made for the 30-km-long Gurgaon-Faridabad Expressway, which cuts through the Aravalis. The stretch has proven fatal for the animals. On April 25, a female Nilgai was killed on the Gurgaon-Faridabad Expressway after an unidentified vehicle ran over it.
Tribune News Service
Faridabad, May 12
The Municipal Corporation demolished unauthorised structures of three hotels located in the NIT-1 market here yesterday. MC Joint Commissioner Mukesh Solanki said the operation against the hotels was in pursuance of a directive of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Delight Hotel, Raj Mandir and Raj Mahal on which the corporation’s axe fell are well-known land marks in the city. The six-hour-long operation against the hotels was a smooth affair. Not much police force accompanied MC demolition squad.
However, a strong contingent of the police team was kept on standby in the nearby NIT Police Station as a contingency measure.
The demolition squad raized structures on the third floor of Hotel Delight and on the fourth floors of the other two hotels. Officials said the structures had been constructed in violation of the sanctioned building plans.
Source: Dainik Bhaskar Publish: 24-April-2013
As many as 21 people have been killed in accidents on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway during the first three months of this year.
The reason: poor traffic management and lack of police presence on the speedway.
According to the data available with the Gurgaon traffic police, more than 400 people have been killed since January 2008 in road mishaps on the 18-km stretch of the expressway that falls in Gurgaon. Officials said the number of fatalities could be much higher if the accidents occurred on the 10-km stretch of the expressway that falls in Delhi were included.
Though the number of reported accidental deaths have decreased over the years, motorists claim that traffic rules are being violated openly on the expressway due to lack of police presence.
While 115 deaths were reported in 2008, only 55 people were killed in accidents in 2012.
According to motorists, the police presence on the main carriageway is almost negligible.
“Cars and buses run at an average speed of 100 kmph on the expressway. There is no check on the slow-moving vehicles such as tractor trolley and three wheelers that mix up with the speeding vehicles and cause accidents. Besides, high-speed sports bikes are creating problems on this road,” said Amit Kumar, a resident of Sector 10A.
Police officials say that they do not have enough manpower to regulate the traffic on the expressway.
About 400 traffic policemen are supposed to take care of the traffic in the city having 10 lakh vehicles.
Meanwhile, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda who visited Gurgaon on Tuesday said that the state government was making concerted efforts to check the issue of traffic jam at the toll plaza in Gurgaon.
There is also a plan to extend Delhi Metro to IMT Manesar and for this purpose a detailed project report is being prepared, he disclosed.
The Gurgaon-Faridabad expressway that cuts through the eco-sensitive Aravali ranges is posing a danger to wildlife. Many wild animals which stray out of the forests come under the wheels of speeding vehicles as there is no mechanism to regulate the speed of the traffic on this road.
According to animal rights activists, the frequency of such cases has been alarming ever since the inception of the 30-km long expressway.
“We get at least two to three calls a week informing us about accidents on the stretch. But very rarely that these animals survive. Unlike domesticated animals, wild animals are not accustomed to traffic,” said Amit Chaudhery, president of People for Animals (PFA). The NGO’s rescue shelter is located at Sabhrana, about 45km from Gurgaon.
Activists said most of the accidents take place in the night and early morning and animals such as Nilgai, foxes, mongoose, peacocks and jackals come under the wheels of vehicles.
What adds to the problem is that the expressway doesn’t have streetlights nor a wildlife corridor for these animals to cross onto the other side.
“When the expressway was being built, authorities should have made a provision for a wildlife corridor, either over-head or underground. There was no permission or advice sought from the wildlife department for this project. This was mandatory as it cuts through the wildlife habitat. In any such future infrastructure projects provisions have to be made for the wildlife to avoid them the harm,” said Vinod Kumar, wildlife conservator.
He added that although the concept of wildlife corridor is prevalent abroad, there are no such dedicated tracks for wildlife in India.
In addition, Mangar, a dense forest area where animal presence is high, is just 10km away from the expressway. “There is no chance for a corridor to come up now. The only way out is fencing. The Nilgai is a huge animal and may attack humans also. Usually they go into the forest and die, unlike other smaller animals,” said Sanjay Kaushik, founder of an environmental NGO, Uthaan.
According to experts, accident cases increase during the summer because the animals come out of the forest for water and food. “Central medians on these expressways are irrigated during the peak months of May and June to maintain the greenery,” explained Kaushik.
In an accident at Manesar in 2009, a female leopard, along with two cubs, was hit by a speeding truck. No agency has the count of number of animal casualties on this stretch.
PALWAL/FARIDABAD: RInfra has lodged a complaint with Haryana police for vandalization of its toll plaza on NH-2 where the private builder has undertaken the project of widening of 180-km road between Delhi and Agra. The private concessionaire has also threatened to pull out of the multi-crore project, unless security measures are beefed up.
RInfra was the project concessionaire for the Gurgaon-Faridabad toll road which was widened recently.
Construction and widening of the National Highway 2 has run into rough weather with frequent face-offs between the concessionaire and local villagers, allege RInfra officials.
In the latest incident, officials of the concessionaire have alleged in their complaint filed with the Haryana police about an assault by villagers on April 10 who “beat up officials at the Palwal toll plaza, vandalized and looted the premises when they were asked to pay toll”.
An RInfra spokesperson alleged that locals on the stretch have been refusing to pay for using the road on the pretext that they use the road on a daily basis. “Surprisingly, the villagers even want exemption for the medium and heavy commercial vehicles being operated by them,” the official said.
RInfra maintains that repeated complaints and representations with the National Highways Authority of India have fallen on deaf ears.
Sources at Reliance Infrastructure have hinted that if such incidents continue then there would be no option left with the company but to withdraw all personnel from the sites and stop construction work. “The safety of our personnel is of utmost importance and we cannot risk that. We have requested the authorities to provide us with adequate security, failing which it would be very difficult for us to continue working,” said the source, requesting anonymity.
The NHAI awarded the project for construction and widening of the Delhi-Agra stretch of NH-2 in May 2010 to Reliance Infrastructure Limited-run special purpose vehicle DA Toll Road Private Limited.
NEW DELHI: Fair trade regulator CCI has dismissed the charges of abuse of dominant position against real estate company Universal Buildwell in the market for residential flats in Faridabad.
Competition Commission of India (CCI) said there does not exist a prima facie case for causing an investigation to be made by the Director General “as Universal Buildwell did not appear to be dominant in the market of development of residential space/ flats in the region of Faridabad”.
In a complaint against Universal Buildwell, an individual had alleged that the company had abused its dominant position by imposing unfair and discriminatory conditions in the ‘Builder-Buyer Agreement’ regarding a flat he had booked.
The complainant had alleged, among other things, delay in construction work and that his money was been illegally retained by the real estate company.
Further he had alleged the Universal Buildwell issued him a termination letter in respect of the flat. This according to the complainant amounted to unfair trade practices and deficiency in services on the part of the company.
However, CCI in it order dated April 10 has noted that “the informant in the information merely averred that the opposite party (Universal Buildwell) abused its dominant position, without alleging that opposite party enjoyed a dominant position in the relevant market”.
The fair trade regulator observed that from information available in public domain it was clear that Universal Buildwell “was not the only or a major real estate developer offering residential space/ flats in Faridabad”.
“Presence of other real estate developers offering residential flats also indicates that the informant was not dependent upon the opposite party for provisioning of residential flat,” it added.