New bridges over the canal

To improve connectivity between Faridabad and the upcoming Greater Faridabad, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will construct at least three more bridges on the Agra and Gurgaon canals that divide the urban areas of the district.

As of now, there are three bridges linking Faridabad with Greater Faridabad. Of these, two bridges, at Kheri and near Sector 2, are very narrow and in a bad shape, and the third was built by BPTP, a developer, a few years back. They are the only links on the Agra canal for the two urban parts of Faridabad.

Greater Faridabad is a fast developing area where HUDA is going to develop 15 sectors over 5,000 acres. Private developers are also coming up with various housing projects in 2,500 acres. As per an estimate, more than 50,000 units of multistoried flats, villas and independent floors are being constructed in Greater Faridabad by private colonisers. Commutation between the two areas is going to be a major problem after Greater Faridabad is developed.
HUDA administrator A Sreenivas said a survey is on for carving out master roads in Sectors 75 to 89 in Greater Faridabad, which is likely to be completed by June end.

“Construction of bridges for connectivity between Faridabad and Greater Faridabad is part of the ongoing survey,“ he said.

The sites where the bridges are to be constructed will also be identified once the survey is completed.

Sources said the bridges will be constructed according to the alignment of the master road.
They will be constructed between Old Faridabad and Ballabgarh that will connect Greater Faridabad with a bypass road to Faridabad. However, the location of the bridges will be finalised only after the survey.

Meanwhile, the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) has proposed two bridges on the Agra canal. These will link Faridabad with the proposed industrial model township in Ballabgarh. “While the construction of the bridge near Sector 2 has already started, the construction of the other bridge near Sector 62 will start soon. These two bridges will also give some relief to commuters between Greater Faridabad and Faridabad,“ said Rakesh Gupta, a resident of Ballabgarh.


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HindustanTimes Mon,20 Jun 2011