After having remained shut for more than five months, the Jaipur-Delhi carriageway of the Hero Honda Chowk flyover will be made operational by April 15, even if the lockdown is extended, officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) said.
Officials said that the required testing of the flyover, which was undergoing repairs, was complete, but the NHAI is still waiting for the test reports to be handed over to the authority.
Ashok Sharma, project director, NHAI (Gurugram), said, “The Hero Honda Chowk flyover is going to be opened for traffic by April 15. The contractor has been directed accordingly.”
NHAI officials said that if the contractor is not able to start the flyover by April 15, then the highways authority will make the flyover operational on its own. The officials said that the traffic police has been briefed about the opening of the flyover.
NHAI contractor said not having the test report was not a major issue and there was no danger in opening the flyover without assessing the test reports. Rakesh Mathur, deputy manager of Valecha Engineering Limited, contractor for the project, said, “The test report had been generated, but they had to be submitted to the NHAI headquarters around the time the national lockdown came into force. If those who were preparing the report had two days more before the lockdown, they would have given their report.”
The NHAI contractor said they have received a mail from NHAI to start the flyover by April 15, were short of enough workers to remove the jersey barriers placed in front of the flyover. The contractor, however, said they will figure some way out before April 15.