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NHAI Restricts Movement of Cycles, Two and Three-Wheelers on Access-Controlled Highways Near Delhi

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has implemented a prohibition on the movement of cycles, two-wheelers, and three-wheelers on three ‘access-controlled’ national highways connected to the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. Additionally, NHAI has imposed restrictions on the usage of non-motorized vehicles, agricultural tractors, multi-axle hydraulic trailer vehicles, and quadri-cycles on these designated sections, citing safety concerns, as stated in an official notification.

The specified sections affected by these restrictions include the “Delhi-Gurugram section of NH-48,” ranging from Km 14+300 (start of RTR flyover) to Km 42+000 (Kherki Daula user fee plaza) in Delhi/Haryana. Another affected section is “NH-344M,” commencing from its junction with NH-44 near Bankoli village, connecting Narela, Mundka, Najafgarh, Dwarka, and terminating at its junction with NH-248 BB near Bhartalchowk. The third section impacted is “NH-248BB,” starting from its junction with NH-48 near Shiv Murti, connecting Bharthal Chowk, Delhi Haryana border in the NCT, and terminating near Kherki Daula on NH-48 in Haryana.

NHAI highlights that these national highways have been designed as access-controlled thoroughfares, and prior to their development, alternative routes and service roads were available for public use to access various destinations.

The development of these highways aims to create high-speed corridors, and maximum speed limits have been set for various types of motor vehicles as per relevant notifications. NHAI emphasizes that the movement of high-speed vehicles poses a safety risk to slower-moving classes of vehicles such as two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and other slow-moving vehicles like non-motorized vehicles and agricultural tractors.

In exercising its powers under section 35 of the Control of National Highways (Land and Traffic) Act, 2002, NHAI has officially ordered the prohibition of the specified classes of vehicles from using the aforementioned highways. These measures are taken to address safety concerns arising from speed differentials and potential compromises to road safety on these high-speed corridors.

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