Delhi Government on Tuesday gave in-principle approval to the ambitious East-West Corridor project. The 20.68km corridor, from Akshardham Temple in east Delhi to Punjabi Bagh in west Delhi, will be a mix of elevated structure and grade road.
While the lane along the central verge will be reserved for buses at the ground level, Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta said only buses will be allowed on the elevated road thus converting it into a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor.
“Rest of the traffic will move along the ground surface,” he said. “Since Delhi now has sufficient electricity, we are exploring the possibility of running electrical buses on the corridor,” Mehta said.
Senior Delhi Government officials say, Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC), the consultants appointed by Delhi Government to prepare a feasibility report, made a presentation of the proposed corridor’s alignment on Tuesday, which was given in-principle approval. The proposal, said officials, will be brought to the Cabinet for approval. Once the cabinet gives its go-ahead a detailed project report will be prepared and technical approvals sought from various agencies.
“The actual construction will take four years,” Mehta said.
Conceived in 2005, the PWD had first prepared a detailed plan to build a 20.68km elevated corridor cutting through some densely populated parts of Delhi to connect Punjabi Bagh and Akshardham.
The new alignment proposes 9.6km of elevated corridor. The elevated section includes a 4.08km elevated road from Guru Ravi Dass Crossing near Sarai Rohilla to New Delhi Railway Station, two new flyovers at Swami Narayan Road (near Anand Parbat) and Zakhira and existing flyovers along the stretch. The stretch where the agency has proposed the elevated corridor is one of Delhi’s most congested residential and commercial centre and witnesses perennial traffic jams.
The UMTC study has suggested a hybrid BRT, which basically means that it will not be closed at any point but flexible as per the requirement. There will 15 exit and entry points on the corridor
To strengthen public transport system all metro stations, on the existing metro lines running near the corridor and on proposed metro lines in Phase 3, will be integrated with the Corridor. A multi-level parking lot has also been proposed in the plan at Karol Bagh.
The 20.68km road will cost nearly R442.49 crore.