There is good news for the people of Delhi-NCR. Now a jam-free road has also been found to go to the southern region of Gurugram and Alwar, Rajasthan. Signal free route has been got between Gurugram and Sohna for 2000 crores. At present, it takes more than three hours to reach Alwar from Gurugram. From Gurugram to Sohna elevated road, it will now take less than two hours.

Nitin Gadkari’s style is unique. He speaks impeccably and what he does is also different. Gadkari, who is handling the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in Modi Government 2.0, is once again in the news. Without inaugurating, they started traffic on a highway. It has generally been a tradition that the concerned minister or some other dignitary ceremonially breaks the coconut or opens it by cutting the lace, then the vehicles run on the highway. But uncertainty arose over the inauguration of the 22-km-long six-lane Sohna Highway, so the highway was opened on Monday on the instructions of Union Minister Gadkari. Now people have got a signal free road to reach the southern end of Gurugram.

Although, technically it will be a trial run till the road is formally inaugurated, but drivers need not worry as they can reach Sohna at a high speed in 20 minutes. As soon as the permission was obtained, Anish Das was also among the first people to go on the highway. He told, ‘The weather had become rain, so I thought that I should visit Damdama Lake and come and I caught the new highway. The top speed of 100 kmph was superb. Between Badshahpur and Sohna Chowk, you can also have a beautiful view of the hills.

Gadkari himself shared the picture.

Actually, Gadkari was supposed to inaugurate the highway on Monday, but the program was postponed. There was speculation that the highway would be opened for traffic at a later date. Gadkari, however, asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to open the road for trials without waiting for the date of its formal inauguration.

On Monday morning, as soon as Gadkari posted about the Sohna highway on Twitter, the NHAI opened the package-1 section of the road from Rajiv Chowk to Badshahpur, 8.9 km. The second section Package-2 (Badshahpur to Sohna) was opened on April 1. The elevated corridor is of 7 km and it is in different parts, the longest is 4 km in Gurgaon from where the highway starts.

We don’t want…

Gadkari told our affiliate newspaper The Times of India that the road would be formally inaugurated in this month. “The Sohna National Highway (including the elevated part) has been opened for trial run keeping in view the convenience of the people,” he said. The formal inauguration will take place on 19 July. We do not want people to be deprived of the benefits of the official inauguration even after the completion of the project.

Confirming this , Gadkari

said that the inauguration was scheduled for Monday but it was postponed as Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala are abroad. “Since the road has been built for the public, we have decided to start the trial run,” Gadkari said.

A senior NHAI official said that the Union Minister had verbally said on Sunday itself that the highway should be opened.

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Sohna Elevated Road is actually a part of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. This road built in 2,000 crores will reduce the distance between Gurugram and Sohna. With the construction of 22 km highway, people will be saved from jam in areas like Vatika Chowk. Right now it takes about an hour to cover such a distance, but now it will take only 15-18 minutes. People going from Delhi will have the advantage that they will not only reach South Gurugram quickly, it will also be easy to reach Alwar (Rajasthan).

Gadkari wrote in a tweet that a three-lane service road has been built on both sides to facilitate the movement of local traffic. This section will provide connectivity to Delhi and Gurugram via the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. Its construction began in 2019 in two parts – the 8.9 km Rajiv Chowk to Badshahpur route and the 12.7 km stretch between Badshahpur-Sohna.

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