Delhi-Noida connector Kalindi Kunj bridge to be 8-lane road
Construction of a bridge (addition of four lanes to the existing Kalindi Kunj bridge) over the Yamuna will begin from May.delhi Updated: Mar 31, 2011 00:16 IST
Construction of a bridge (addition of four lanes to the existing Kalindi Kunj bridge) over the Yamuna will begin from May.
The Delhi-Noida connectivity project, an alternative to DND toll flyway, will cost Rs 300 crore. A detailed project report (DPR) has already been approved.
Noida chairman Mohinder Singh said, "We had approved to make the bridge eight-lane at the last board meeting. A consultant has been appointed and technical design prepared. Two companies came forward during the technical bidding last week. Financial bidding opens next week and we will award the contract to a developer."
Once the additional four lanes are built, travel between Faridabad, Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad will become smoother. Commuters from South Delhi and Faridabad use this bridge to reach Noida and Ghaziabad. The deadline for completion of the project is tentatively 18 months.
People who commute via Kalindi Kunj Yamuna bridge have been facing traffic jams everyday. As it is just a 2-lane link on one side it cannot cope with the present volume of traffic. Despite the Metro service, connectivity between the two cities has been a problem.
The bridge has for years been very critical for Delhi-NCR connectivity. Traffic breakdown on this stretch leads to unmanageable snarls in areas up to Mathura road in Delhi. The existing lanes will be used to enter Noida. The new lanes will take vehicles towards Delhi.
The number of vehicles using the existing bridge, built in the early 80s, has gone up from 20,000 a decade ago to 70,000 now. Its main purpose was to check the flow of river to prevent floods and link Noida with Mathura road.
About 1 lakh vehicles use DND flyway, which is wider and better maintained.
The project was held up due to some legal hurdles for sometime. Under a concession agreement between Noida Toll Bridge Company Limited (which built and operates DND) and Noida Authority, there was a clause that Noida would not build a competing facility for a period of 10 years. The agreement was signed in 1997.