Faridabad, 20th December 2022: The Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway will have an underpass for Mohan Marg at Chandawali Chowk. Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has approved the demand. A meeting will be held with the technical officers of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to discuss the implementation of the plan. The construction of the underpass will cost Rs six crore. Since 27th November, the villagers are sitting on an indefinite strike demanding the construction of a bridge at Chandawali Chowk. The villagers are demanding to build a 30-meter-wide bridge here.

NHAI officials did not include the bridge in the plan during the survey. Two bridges are being constructed at Sector-64 and IMT Chowk. The village school is on the west side of Ballabgarh, while Chandawali village is on the east side of the Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway. Due to the lack of a bridge or underpass, people of more than 20 villages, including Chandawali, had to travel an additional distance of six kilometres for commuting and school children to study. The villagers are deeply troubled by this. Under the banner of Pul Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, the villagers started an indefinite strike on 27th November under the leadership of Pradhan Hemant Sharma. The villagers had also met the Union Minister of State for Rural Krishan Pal Gurjar and apprised him of the whole story. On Sunday, the villagers protested while marching to the office of MLA Nayanpal Rawat. With the approval for the construction of the underpass, it is expected that the picketing will end.

Union Minister of State Krishan Pal Gurjar had already assured the protestors and protesters that their demand would be seriously considered. This scheme was cancelled earlier, but in this regard, the whole situation was kept after meeting Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. “We are happy that the Union Minister has accepted the demand and given permission to build the underpass. The underpass will be made of three lanes,” protestors said.

Prithla MLA Nayanpal Rawat said that efforts were being made for this. “On behalf of the villagers, we express our gratitude to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of State Krishnapal Gurjar and Chief Minister Manohar Lal for getting the approval for the underpass,” Rawat said.