JAIPUR: The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) have locked horns over the issue of construction of rotary at Agra Road, National Highway 11. The rotary is proposed to provide safe traffic flow after the Ghat Ki Ghuni tunnel is opened for vehicular traffic.
However, both the JDA and NHAI have shown apprehensions to construct the rotary proposed on Agra Road, near Rajesh Motors. Y B Singh, NHAI project director (Bharatpur) said, "It is JDA's responsibility to construct the rotary as the tunnel project national highway was completed before the tunnel. The construction of national highway was completed in 2009. " However, the JDA officials claim, "As the area proposed is in the jurisdiction of NHAI, the rotary should be constructed by the NHAI." An official source said that in a meeting between NHAI and JDA officials it was also admitted that it would be risky once the traffic coming from the tunnel will pass through a flyover and merge on Agra Road.
In this regard the JDA has also proposed a design for the rotary. However, the NHAI in a recent letter has also mentioned the design proposed by the JDA is not as per guidelines and norms for junction with national highways and the designs has several shortcomings. Sources fear that if the deadlock continues the commuters will be at a risk as the traffic in the area will increase manifold once the tunnel is opened. At the same time, sources said, work to widen the road at Jawahar Nagar end up to 200 feet is still pending. The authority has rehabilitated 84 affected houses owners, while work to rehabilitate 45 more families is yet to be done. Meanwhile, the work of rotary at Jawahar Nagar end has been started.