The Southern Peripheral Road redevelopment is back in the lime light as Gurgaon Metropolitan Development Authority is examining building either a series of flyovers or underpasses at five vital junctions on its 6km long stretch between Vatika Chowk and Ghata Village, popularly known as Golf Course Road Extension. In order to come to the conclusion, the GMDA has announced a poll on their website seeking public opinion on 2 schemes- construction of aesthetically pleasant underpasses or cost effective flyovers. CEO of GMDA, Sudhir Rajpal has said “we want the people to give us their feedback on the two schemes. We have floated a poll on our website so that we can get poeple’s comments on what kind of upgrade and infrastructure they want”. Considered as one of the busiest stretches in Gurgaon, GCER offers a link with the Delhi-Jaipir Expressway, Golf Course Road and Gurgaon-Faridabad Road. However, Patholes and water logging leads to frequent traffic congestion on the stretch.
The anticipated revamp of the GCER is basically aimed at easy and seamless traffic movement. GMDA officials stated that the flyovers or underpasses are expected to come up at Golf Course Road T-point, Kadarpur road intersection, Pioneer Park traffic signal, an intersection near Splendor tower, and a junction near St Xavier’s High school.
As per GMDA officials, construction of flyovers would be more cost effective than building underpasses as flyovers would cost around Rs 420 Cr and underpasses would cost approximately 470 Cr. Also, flyovers would require less construction time but may hinder the visual landscape of the area. Underpasses may be aesthetically appealing but will lead to higher development and maintenance cost and construction time.