West Delhi will come a little closer to central Delhi, with the Delhi traffic police mulling over a proposal to construct a 5-km elevated corridor to connect Brar Square on Ring Road with Rajendra Nagar.
The move, traffic police officers believe, will provide an alternative route for hundreds of motorists who commute daily between several West Delhi locations, including Dwarka and
central Delhi, and reduce traffic congestion on existing roads connecting the two districts. The Delhi traffic police have recently drawn up a proposal in this regard and submitted it to the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) for clearance.
According to officials, the four-lane elevated corridor has been proposed along an existing un-tarred road presently is used as a horse track by the Army and not for any vehicular movement.
"We have submitted the proposal to the UTTIPEC and hope to get its approval soon," said additional commissioner of police (traffic), Anil Shukla. The final go ahead, however, would require permission from the Ridge Management Board and Army authorities.
Traffic police claim that if the elevated corridor is constructed, it would significantly reduce travel time between places such as Dwarka and Janakpuri in west Delhi and Karol Bagh in Central Delhi. The corridor will also help decongest several other arterial roads such as station road, NH-8, Sardar Patel Marg, Upper Ridge Road, Loha Mandi road and Patel road among others, which are currently used by commuters for travelling between west and central Delhi and vice-versa.
Shukla said the traffic police made the proposal based on a survey conducted on the stretch. The survey found that 30% of the traffic on station road would be diverted to the proposed corridor while traffic on NH-8 would reduce by another 10 -12% if it is implemented.
The traffic police have also proposed to construct a flyover or an underpass at Brar Square in a bid to prevent conflict of traffic on Ring Road, Shukla said.
5km: Length of the proposed elevated corridor
4 lane corridor (two in each carriageway)
30%: traffic will be diverted from Station Road
12% traffic will be diverted from NH8
Roads to be decongested:
Station Road, NH-8, Sardar Patel Marg, Upper Ridge Road, Loha Mandi Road and Patel Road