Widening of Old Del Rd- Shankar Chowk: GMDA sets March 31 deadline

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Gurgaon: The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has extended the deadline for completing the road widening project on the 2km-long stretch between Old Delhi Road and Shankar Chowk from December 31 last year to March 31.
Nearly 30% of the project is still pending, with the work on the last portion towards Old Delhi Road stuck due to encroachment near Dundahera village. “The deadline for the project has been moved to March 31. The last portion of the stretch near Dundahera village has some encroachment. Once removed, work can start there. The matter had been in court, so there was a delay,” said a senior GMDA official, who did not want to be named.
Most of the work is complete, said the official, but the repair work on the last 100-150 metres of the road and drain construction in the encroached portion are still left. “We have completed demarcating the encroached portion. After the demolition drive, work can start there,” the official added.
A joint team, including the GMDA and the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) officials, will complete the demolition drive within a month. “Nearly 30% of the work on the project is remaining, but we should be able to meet the March 31 deadline,” the official quoted above said.
The 2km-long stretch, which is getting widened as a part of an Rs 8 crore project, sees a high footfall. It serves as a link between NH8 and Old Delhi Road and also has several hotels, offices, and commercial spaces in its vicinity.
The GMDA had started work on the project in January 2019, with an initial deadline of six months. However, the project got repeatedly delayed by lockdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic, the shortage of labour that followed, the repeated bans on construction in light of the high pollution levels in the region, the complications in the shifting of utilities, and encroachment.
Credit Source – https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/widening-of-old-del-rd-shankar-chowk-gmda-sets-march-31-deadline/articleshow/88961174.cms

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