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Despite being on paper for several years, work on the redevelopment of Southern Peripheral Road (SPR), which includes the construction of eight flyovers, has yet to begin. This is because the state government has yet to approve the Rs 845-crore project.
Furthermore, in the absence of the required number of bidders, the technical bid for the project could not be contacted. The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) opened the bidding process in December 2022.
“It’s a big project, and we need the state government’s approval,” a GMDA official explained. The SPR upgrade project has been planned since March 2019.
Since then, the project has been reworked several times, with GMDA alternating between the construction of flyovers and underpasses, or a combination of the two, to alleviate traffic congestion along the road.
The project was finally approved at the 10th authority meeting of the GMDA in June 2022. While the GMDA will build flyovers at eight key points along the route, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has already begun work on an underpass at Vatika Chowk.
The road has become one of the busiest stretches in the city, and traffic is expected to increase significantly by 2026 as new developments in Sohna, Manesar, and along the Dwarka Expressway begin to use it. Residents of sectors 57 and 71 will not be the only ones who benefit from the project.
We’ve heard about the redevelopment for years, but nothing has happened on the ground. The traffic volume has increased dramatically, and the road’s condition has deteriorated, Sector 70 resident Sanjay Jain said.
Forget about redevelopment; at the very least, residents of Sector 67 demanded that the authorities repair a pothole in the road.
Source- Times of India