To endow the people travelling and riders driving on the NH-8 Jaipur and Delhi highway with comfort and safety coupled with a reduced travel time of the journey, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has taken a positive step and has approached to fence the long stretch of the Jaipur-Gurugram (formerly known as Gurgaon) stretch of the National Highway 8 (NH-8). The highway is 225 kilometers long. National Highway Authority of India also has proposed to shut down and fence all the illegal crossroads across the highway length. To ensure vehicles to move without any obstacle or other hindrance of any kind on the main lane as well as the service lane, fencing will be done on both sides of the highway road.
People have been subject to accidents and the number of such accidents has been on a rise on the highway due to no definite and concrete entry and exit points.
An official of the National Highway Authority of India stated that accidents occur due to the careless temperament of the villagers residing nearby which is their movement (entry and exit) onto the highway from anywhere. There are no definite points that allow entry or exit. Complaints have also been reported by the travellers about such trouble causing situations.
Quite a lot of food kiosks have sprung up on the highway. People managing these kiosks have illegally raised the height up to the highway lane with the use of soil. Doing all this in pure lack of knowledge, carelessness and illegality has caused numerous tragic accidents in the past. Villagers and local leaders from these villages have been spoken to and they have requested the officials of the National Highway Authority of India to widen the highway lane and make legal access points for entry and exit from the villages that finally open onto the highway lane.
An official of National Highway Authority of India spoke that concern has been raised and expressed by several MLAs and MPs about fencing the highway and blocking illegal entry and exit points. These MLAs and MPs have been satisfied and have been updated by the idea of providing legal entry and exit points first and then going forward with fencing the highway lanes. It has been known that many local residents have kiosks on the highway which serves as their daily source of income and livelihood.
On a similar note, medians were removed at numerous points by the locals residing there in order to cross the highway. These medians will be restored. National Highway Authority of India officials assert that there are about 50 such crossings on the highway stretch that are posing as a major threat to the vehicles that pass by on it and thus are leading to a blockage in the movement.
Fencing the NH-8 Jaipur-Delhi highway is said to keep away the livestock from the highway roads. Recently herds of cows and buffaloes have been seen to block the highway road as they begin to squat in the middle of the lane.