NHAI: Suit filed against NHAI. and construction co


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93 Deaths so far. Who’s responsible ?

 Hindustan Times Exclusive - 

Who’s responsible for his death?

Parents of boy who died on expressway to sue NHAI,

construction company

Sanjeev K Ahuja


FOR THE first time since the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway was thrown open for use in January last year, relatives of one of the accident victims have decided to drag the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), concessionaire company DSC Ltd and the Haryana government to the court of law.

Since January 2008, 93 people have died on the Expressway in various accidents and about 50 per cent of the deceased were pedestrians.

Parents of 19-year old management student Rahul Anand said their son died trying to save a pedestrian crossing the stretch at IFFCO Chowk on March 7 for want of footover-bridge. He rammed his SX4 car into a stationary water tanker. The car’s front portion was damaged beyond recognition and Rahul succumbed to his injuries at a hospital later.

Workers of the concessionaire company had parked the water tanker right next to the median on the top lane with no sense of safety of the motorists, said an apparently angry K.S.

Anand, the father of the deceased, with tears in his eyes.

Rahul Anand, the first year student of Indian Institute of Hotel Management, Gurgaon and resident of East Punjabi Bagh, Delhi, was on his way to college to attend the annual convocation when the accident took place.

“The expressway is a killer highway that has taken the lives of many people and this time it was the turn of my son.

So many deaths on this stretch are only because of the reck lessness of the NHAI, DSC and the state government and I have decided to sue all of them,” said Anand who owns a clearing & forwarding (cargo) firm in Mahipalpur and uses the expressway almost on a daily basis himself.

The aggrieved father said his son was driving sensibly when he all of a sudden he saw a pedestrian in front of his car while driving down from IFFCO Chowk flyover.

He said, “My son immediately turned the car to the right to avoid hitting the pedestrian and rammed his car into the water tanker. I do not under stand as to why the tanker was parked on the top lane of the expressway where vehicles run at high speed?

I wonder as to why NHAI and DSC did not construct foot-over bridges for pedestrians?”

skahuja13@gmail.com MAJOR DEATHS ON EXPRESSWAY

February 23: Two pedestrians mowed down by speeding vehicles. Four motorcyclists were also injured at various places on the expressway.

February 8: An executive of an MNC killed when a mini truck rammed into the rickshaw he had taken.

January 19: Woman pedestrian mowed down beyond recognition by a number of vehicles on the expressway.

Key Data

Total Cost


Construction Management

Jaypee DSC Ventures Ltd


Jaiprakash Industries Ltd (JIL), DS Construction Ltd (DSCL), Jaypee DSC Ventures Ltd, M/s Rites Ltd, Sheladia LR Kadiyali

Number of Flyovers


Length of Road

28km with the possibility of an extra 3km

The 28km Delhi to Gurgaon expressway is one of the most important road construction projects currently underway in India. The road is being constructed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

The project comprises the widening and conversion of the Delhi to Gurgaon section of the National Highway (NH)-8 into a six- to eight-lane access-controlled highway on a Build, Operate, and Transfer (BOT) basis.

150,000 passenger car units a day and this is likely to increase by over 7% per annum.


The expressway involved the design and construction of the following flyovers, which included precast, segmental superstructures, Pre-Stressed Concrete (PSC) voided slab superstructures and cast-in-situ PSC continuous superstructures:

  • Rao Tula Ram junction -three lanes
  • Palam junction – three lanes
  • Mahipalpur junction – eight lanes
  • Radison / IGI junction – four lanes
  • Rajokri junction – eight lanes, opened in 2006
  • Shankar Chowk / HUDA Chowk – eight lanes
  • IFFCO Chowk – eight lanes, 90% completed; will open February 2007
  • Small flyover near IFFCO Chowk – eight lanes
  • South City junction – eight lanes, 90% complete; will open February 2007
  • Jharsa junction – eight lanes, 90% complete; will open February 2007
  • Rajiv Chowk – eight lanes, opened 2006

One Response

  1. The so called expressway is no where a match to the works completed by the company abroad. The lanes emerges all of a sudden and then disappears, width of the tracks shrinks at many places. Actually, so called eight lanes should have been only six lanes of international standard breadth and an emergency track at the extreme left to park a vehicle in case of breakdown or for emergency stop to receive a phone call which is a common trend anywhere in the world.

    Self has driven abroad over fifteen years just following the markings on the road. The markings are of paint mixed with the bead powder for glow effect at night (Florescent)

    Now the express is opened over two years the markings on the road has worn out, we don’t see anybody ever painting or making again. Where ever the galvanized fencing has been damaged in an accident there is no putting it back in the DSC list of maintenance. The charges to use the expressway are such whooping but not spending on the upkeep.

    Actually in the central verge they should have put interlocking tiles making it look good and maintenance free where as they have put soil, which overflow on the road with the rain and watering the plants grown, for which that water tanker was deployed to water them when innocent Rahul Anand tragically bumped into it at the blind spot ending his life in a moment without any reason and no fault of his. Again the tractor-trolly’s deployed everyday to remove the extra soil/dust accumulated on both the sides of the tracks which could be easily avoided. Although the project had so many big wigs involved with it but of no use. I believe RITES and C.R.R.I. are both hopeless organizations with dumb heads sitting there and drawing thick salaries and doing nothing. I do not hold any qualifications in road designing/engineering but I can do a better job, I believe.

    Thank you

    Ashok Sharma

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