VEHICLES ZOOMING past at a speed of 120 km will become a reality in the near future in some parts of Faridabad.
The Eastern Peripheral Expressway connecting Sonepat-Baghpat-GhaziabadNoida-Faridabad-Palwal will make it possible with 59 underpasses and three long bridges on the rivers Yamuna and Hindon.
An official in the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), the agency that has been entrusted with the job, said that 59 underpasses, three long bridges on the two rivers flowing through the expressway area and 43 small bridges on the canals coming in the way would be made as per the approved plan.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 2,675 crore. The project will be on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. The company undertaking the project will collect toll tax for 20 years before transferring it to the Centre.
NHAI has forwarded its recommendations to the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways for awarding contract to the only bidder.
The final decision will be taken only after the general elections.
The NHAI official said that there would be only five interchange zones in the five dis- tricts.
The interchanges in Faridabad will be near AtaliChhayansa Road. A long bridge on the Yamuna would be constructed at Fajjupura Khadar in a way that it can be further widened to pave way for eight lanes, he added.
The Town Planning Department, that had been working all these years on the project, was about to announce the area adjoining the expressway in Faridabad as controlled area. However, it has been deferred due to the model code of conduct for elections in force. The announcement is likely to be made soon after the LS polls.
The Town Planning Department, Faridabad, has already forwarded a proposal to develop the area along the expressway to its headquarters in Chandigarh.
This is to enable some prestigious institutions to come forward to provide better amenities.