This is one road that promises you faster travel than the Delhi Metro.
The opening of Barapullah elevated road — from Ring Road near Sarai Kale Khan to Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium —has cut down travel time between a residential colony in east Delhi to south Delhi to just 20 minutes. A ride in the Delhi metro for the same distance would take at least an hour.
While traffic bottlenecks at Ashram crossing and Bhairon Marg traffic intersection add to the travelling time, changing trains at Rajeev Chowk makes travelling by the metro more time consuming and cumbersome.
"The 12-kilometre journey from Mayur Vihar in East Delhi to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in south Delhi has now become completely signal free and will not take more than 20 minutes. If you take the Bhairon Road route or the Ashram route, it is at least 45-50 minutes drive,” said a senior PWD engineer. “If you are travelling by Delhi Metro, it will take at least 40 minutes.”
Constructed by DSC Limited at a cost of Rs 473 crore (PWD claims it saved R25 crore on initial cost of R498 crore), the 4.53-kilometre Barapullah elevated road was thrown open for traffic by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday afternoon.
Senior PWD engineers said the road would decongest Ring Road at Ashram and Bhairon Road and some parts of Mathura Road.
The road, said PWD officials, has been opened to light vehicles and buses.
Heavy commercial vehicles like trucks will not be allowed on this stretch.
For people travelling by public transport, Delhi Transport Corporation has decided to run bout 30 buses on two routes - 543 A (Anand Vihar ISBT - Safdurjung Terminal) and Barapullah Mudrika.
The buses will have to take a compulsory right turn near Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium while going from Sarai Kale Khan side.