After several failed attempts to decongest the stretch of outer ring road between IIT gate and National Highway 8 — especially the traffic intersection at Rao Tula Ram Marg and single carriage flyover over it — the public works department has finally sought professional help.
The PWD has roped in RITES, a government-run consultancy company, to look into the reason behind the traffic mess along the outer Ring Road and suggest possible solutions. The RITES will submit its report by end of 2012.
According to senior PWD officials, thanks to ever-increasing number of private vehicles in the Capital and an abysmal public transport system a number of flyovers constructed along the outer Ring Road — between Nehru Place and NH8 —have failed to decongest this busy stretch.
Rao Tula Ram flyover, which has been under the public scrutiny for its faulty design and alleged intervention of influential people living in the proximity, has added to the mess. Despite persistent efforts by the traffic police and the PWD to streamline vehicular movement, long traffic snarls have become a common feature of this road.
“We have asked RITES to conduct a study and suggest if the existing flyover can be widened or more space can be created beneath the flyover to cater to the growing number of vehicles,” PWD principal secretary Nutan Guha Biswas said.
The 12-km stretch of the outer Ring Road in south Delhi is one of the busiest arterial roads in the Capital. It not only connects several south Delhi colonies with the airport and west Delhi, but also provides connectivity between the satellite towns of Noida and Gurgaon.
Senior PWD engineers said RITES will study the traffic volume and pattern along the outer Ring Road and surrounding roads and give suggestions.
“It will suggest several measures during the course of the study to streamline traffic movement in this area. The recommendations by RITES will go to the UTTIPEC for scrutiny and approval,” a senior PWD engineer said.