Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Oscar Fernandes has said the Central government will shoulder the maintenance cost of the Gurgaon Expressway if toll is removed. Fernandes, surveying the expressway on Saturday, told 0 several concrete measures regarding the expressway will be taken by the end of this month.
At the moment, the issue of whether toll should be charged from motorists on the expressway is pending before the Delhi High Court. If toll is removed and there is no consensus on who will maintain the expressway, the Central government will take over the road. I will be meeting the Haryana chief minister towards the end of this month and we will come out with a concrete plan,” he said.
On the talks between the Central and state governments to decongest Hero Honda Chowk, he said, “Meetings on the issue began in August. A plan for the chowk is in its final stages. The idea was to take stock of the ground situation and talk to villagers and people living nearby. We are in the final stages of clearing a project for the Hero Honda intersection.”
Hinting at a road project based on the ‘Osaka Model’ (an elevated road in which traffic zips through a multi-storey building), Fernandes said one must be open to other viable options as every road project has its financial constraints.
At present, a plan to build a foot overbridge at the chowk has been cleared for cyclists and pedestrians. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will bear the expenses of the project, while the Public Works Department will execute it. The project funds have already been released by both the agencies.