Good news for east Delhi: Barapullah elevated road to reach IGI airport by 2020
A step towards such a ride was taken when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government recently ordered a feasibility study of the proposed Phase IV of the Barapullah elevated corridor.delhi Updated: Feb 22, 2017 10:35 IST
Residents of east Delhi can expect to drive down to the airport uninterrupted on an elevated road without traffic signals by 2020.
A step towards such a ride was taken when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government recently ordered a feasibility study of the proposed Phase IV of the Barapullah elevated corridor.
The corridor will link INA market with Dhaula Kuan, thereby completing the proposed Barapullah network from Mayur Vihar Phase-I.
Currently, the two-flank bridge between Sarai Kale Khan and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is operational.
Work on the link between INA market and JLN stadium is on. It is likely to be completed by May, 2018.
“During the study, routes of the about 10km stretch will be finalised. The elevated corridor will end at the airport approach road so that congestion at Dhaula Kuan can be avoided,” said a PWD official.
The bridge will reduce traffic congestion in the entire central Delhi and Barapullah will act as a link between NH24 in the east and NH8 in the west of the city.
“People can reach the airport from east Delhi in 40 minutes against the 90 minutes needed now. We have proposed a bicycle track as well,” the official said.
But construction of the Barapullah Phase III project — Mayur Vihar-1 to Sarai Kale Khan — has been delayed by five months and PWD officials hoped to finish the job before May next year.
Work is stuck because the PWD needs to acquire 8.5 acres on the eco-sensitive Yamuna floodplain to build pillars. Sources said if the acquisition is not completed by March, more delay can be expected.
Once completed, the bridge will decongest Sardar Patel Marg, the Ridge area, Chanakyapuri, Lodhi Road and Teen Murti Marg.
Motorists can drive on the elevated road from Mayur Vihar to INA, without the hassle of waiting at traffic signals. The bridge will decongest the Ring Road and NH24.
Barapullah is Delhi’s first elevated corridor and was commissioned during the 2010 Commonwealth Games when the link from Sarai Kale Khan to Nehru Stadium was opened.
As part of the Phase II extension, three loops were opened this January. These came as a boon for travelers from Maharani Bagh, Sidhartha Enclave, New Friends Colony and Sarita Vihar.
The road will be extended till INA market as part of the Phase II project and work is likely to be completed by this March.