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Fencing to turn Delhi-Jaipur NH8 into ‘freeway’

In a move that will reduce travel time and ensure smooth movement of vehicles between Jaipur and Delhi, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to barricade the 225km-long Jaipur-Gurgaon stretch of the National Highway 8 (NH-8) and close all illegal crossroads across the highway.
Fencing will be carried out on both sides of the highway, resulting in uninterrupted vehicular movement on the main carriageway and service lanes. According to NHAI officials, casualties have also been mounting on the stretch in the absence of any defined entry and exit points.
“Accidents are occurring as villagers enter the highway from anywhere. There are no designated points for entry and exit. Commuters too have repeatedly complained about the menace. So, we have decided to properly barricade the road,” said an NHAI official.
“Several roadside food joints and shops too have come up on the highway. They have illegally levelled the approach to the highway by filling it with soil. This has caused many accidents in the recent past,” added the official.

NHAI tweaks e-way exits to tackle snarls

Changes are being made on the entry and exits points on the Delhi-Jaipur expressway near 32nd Milestone and Shankar Chowk to help decongest bottlenecks during morning and evening office hours.
Near 32nd Milestone, entry 12 on the Jaipur to Delhi side is being widened to allow for more vehicles to join the expressway traffic, such that a two-lane entry will be converted into a four-lane entry. Currently, the traffic going from Rajiv Chowk towards 32nd Milestone, trying to get on to the expressway flyover, gets stuck at the narrow entry, thus creating tailbacks on Old Railway Road, Rajiv Chowk and Sohna Road. “Snarls and tailbacks at this spot lead to spillover till Sohna Road, Hero Honda Chowk and Sector 15. The widening will help more traffic to get on the main carriageway, and as a result the congestion will be controlled,” said Ashok Sharma, project director, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The highways authority has also removed the generator installed at the junction too as part of alterations.
Second change is being made at Exit 18, near Atlas Chowk, where the exit is being moved 300 metres closer to Jaipur. The current exit is situated too close to Atlas Chowk, because of which several commuters chose to drive the wrong side to join the expressway flyover. This causes snarls on the service lane and often affects traffic movements in Udyog Vihar and Shankar Chowk. However, with the exit point is now being shifted farther away from Atlas Chowk, congestions because of wrong-lane driving will be eliminated.
“When the traffic halts at Atlas Chowk, it has tailbacks both at the service lane as well as inside the city areas like Udyog Vihar. The changes will control them, and also decrease the chances of accidents which can happen due to wrong side driving here,” a traffic official told TOI.

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