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NEW DELHI: After several flip-flops on finding a solution to the Hero Honda Chowk crossing mess on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway, finally the Union highways ministry and Haryana government agreed to construct a flyover on the existing highway.

Confirming this, highways minister Oscar Fernandes said that the flyover would become operational in the next 18-20 months. “While straight-going traffic will use the flyover, local traffic can use the existing road. This will bring relief to people, who have been facing an ordeal since the project became operational. We will work out how traffic management can be done for construction causing the least inconvenience to commuters,” Fernandes said.

In an official release, the Haryana government said that a six-lane flyover would be constructed at this spot and would cost about Rs 100 crore. The decision to build a flyover was taken at a joint meeting of Fernandes and Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday. Fernandes said that the Haryana government would bear 25% of the cost of the flyover and at a later stage the government would come out with an innovative project to build elevated roads passing through a giant building at this spot. Sources said that the proposal of either building a flyover across the expressway or an underpass has been dropped considering non-availability of land. In case the private land is acquired for building such a facility, the land alone will cost around Rs 1,000 crore. “There is no logic in the Centre spending so much on a state government facility.

The flyover plan will bring enough relief. Whether and how traffic can be diverted during construction will be worked out involving local traffic police, a senior ministry official said.



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