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Power Dept Yet to Decide on High Tension Wires, Iffco Flyover Work Stuck

For the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the presence of high tension electricity wires on the alignment of U-turn flyover and underpass coming up at Iffco Chowk is turning out to be major hurdle. The NHAI needs these towers immediately removed for the construction to go forward. Work at the site has been stopped for the last couple of weeks.
The Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN), the transmission agency that owns the high tension wires, once changed its plan again two days ago and wrote to the NHAI asking for a joint site inspection to explore the possibility of overhead replacement of wires.
Earlier, the plan was to construct an underground duct and shift the overhead cables into it. The NHAI, it is learnt, is unhappy with the change in the plan.
AK Sharma, project director, NHAI Gurgaon, said, “We have replied to HVPN stating our position about how the works are suffering due to the delay in shifting of high tension wires falling in the alignment of the flyover and underpass. HVPN was to give NHAI the approval for moving the overhead high tension wires underground. But now it says a fresh site inspection will be carried out to explore the option of overhead replacement.”
The highways authority said HVPN failed to decide to take a decision on the matter for the past six months, thereby delaying the crucial road infrastructure work.
“The construction of the flyover is complete, except for the portion occupied by the power transmission towers. These towers are located along the Delhi Gurgaon Expressway – if one is going from Shankar Chowk to Iffco Chowk,” Sharma said.
There are 12 such towers (electricity poles) to the left of the NH-8 near Iffco Chowk, if one is going from Delhi to Gurgaon.
Anil Yadav, superintending engineer, HVPN, said, “There is no harm in exploring best the suitable option with regard to the high tension wires, but land limitation is a major constraint. There will be no delay as we will decide on this as soon we complete the site inspection with team of experts.” 


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