Vipin Kapoor, a resident of Mayur Vihar phase 1 cannot stop raving about Barapullah elevated road.
Instead of taking his usual route of Bhairon Marg, Kapoor, who works in Jor Bagh, took the elevated road because he was getting late for office — and does not regret it.
"Not only did I reach office in time, but also loved the experience of driving on the road. It virtually let me fly over the congested roads of the city. The views from Barapullah are so fantastic. Within minutes you zoom across Humayun's Tomb and Khan-e-Khana tomb. The road makes you feel so much better about your city."
The 4.3km-long Barapullah, city's first fully elevated road, which opened for public on Tuesday, has not just reduced travel time between east and south Delhi, but has also enhanced the experience of driving on it.
The road — of two independent carriageways of three lanes each — is built over the congested Ring Road, railway tracks near Nizamuddin railway station, Mathura Road and Lala Lajpat Rai Marg.
The road also provides panoramic views of Humayun's Tomb, Khan-e-Khana, Neela Gumbad, Lotus Temple and Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. And, it is this view that makes this elevated road, built at a cost of R498 crore, so special.
Many Delhiites believe the road is a fascinating addition to the cityscape.
"What I love about the road is that it is traffic-free, pollution- free, and most importantly toll-free. Driving on this road at night is pretty exhilarating. As you roll up your car windows and gaze across the illuminated cityscape marked by monuments, you feel great. I not only save time, but also a lot of money on fuel. I hope the government maintains this road well," said Deepak Sharma, a resident of Ghaziabad, who works in Lodhi Colony.
Authorities kept its height Mathura Road at 16m from the surface to ensure that the heritage structures are properly visible.
"We knew people will enjoy the drive. What makes it interesting is that it is an access-controlled road in the heart of the city. It has many curves and, being quite high from the surface roads, it provides a nice view," said Priyank Mittal, executive engineer of Public Works Department, in-charge of the project.
"Soon this road will give a new recognition to the city which already has a reputation of being the city of flyovers. The road represents city's journey into future," said Adesh Gupta, who works in the CGO complex.