The 6.6-km stretch on Mangal Pandey Marg in northeast Delhi will become signal free, saving at least 50 minutes of travel time for commuters between Khajuri Khas and Bhopura, UP.
The project, which will be implemented by the Public Works Department (PWD) at an approximate cost of Rs 150 crore, will also help those travelling to Ghaziabad from northeast Delhi.
The project entails construction of two flyovers and an underpass. Currently, the stretch has 12 traffic signals.
The Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (planning & engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) recently approved the project and construction will begin soon, officials said. The PWD is preparing estimates after getting approval from UTTIPEC.
“Northeast Delhi is the least developed part of the city and the area where we have proposed the signal-free ride is very congested. This will provide an alternative to commuters from UP and those from outer Delhi. They will take the new signal-free stretch to avoid coming to central Delhi,” said a PWD official.
“There is already a flyover at Loni Junction. We will built an underpass there so that commuters can cross without stopping. The first new flyover will come up at Karawal Nagar, Ghonda road and Brijpuri intersection. The second one will be constructed at Nand Nagri junction and Gagan Cinema intersection,” the official said.
The PWD will also redesign the road to make space for pedestrians, non-motorised vehicles and three lanes for motor vehicles.
“The flyovers will have three lanes on each carriageway. The project will remove congestion and provide a smooth ride. We will talk to the police to remove encroachments on the stretch before taking up construction. The Lieutenant Governor has already approved the plan,” the official said.
PWD hopes to complete the project by May 2019.
Apart from this, another project that northeast Delhi residents are eagerly waiting of is the completion of Signature Bridge. First approved in 2000 to ease traffic on the parallel Wazirabad Bridge in north Delhi, Signature Bridge is likely to be completed by the end of this year.
The bridge is 675 metres long and 154 metres high and has two carriageways of four lanes each. The existing two-lane Wazirabad barrage has been a vital link between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh areas for the last 50 years. Of late, there has been a tremendous rise in traffic on the road, far exceeding the bridge’s designed capacity. The new bridge is likely to provide relief to commuters.