The traffic mess at the busy Ghazipur intersection would be over in a month, claims the Public Works Department (PWD) of Delhi Government.
One of the busiest traffic intersections of the Capital, the construction of a grade separator has made it a motorist’s nightmare. This intersection connects Ghaziabad to East Delhi and sees heavy traffic almost round the clock.
“Things would ease out in a month’s time. We are going to add extra lanes very soon, which would smoothen traffic movement at this busy intersection,” said AK Sinha, the PWD engineer-in-chief.
“I visited the site recently and would visit it again to have a look,” Sinha said, reacting to a story published in Hindustan Times on July 17 (Debarred but not deterred) on the slack construction site management at Ghazipur intersection.
The grade separator project, which is scheduled to be completed by April next year, involves construction of a flyover on NH 24, an underpass on Ghazipur road and a rotary at the middle level.
Sinha said constructing a flyover, underpass and rotary at the intersection is a challenge.
“We also get complaints about traffic delays but we are working on National Highway 24 and the traffic is huge. Some barricades had to be removed to create three extra lanes. There is no other way to do that,” he said.
“Due to heavy traffic, cranes and other construction equipment do mingle with traffic but they always keep a safe distance,” he said. “We have to construct 24 flyovers in the city before the Commonwealth Games and there is a lot of activity on across the Capital.”
Sinha said while major flyover projects at places like Mukerba Chowk, Nangloi and Geeta Colony are already complete, ten more flyovers would be ready by the end of 2009.
“There is no compromise on safety and quality control. We have designed contracts with agencies keeping these in mind,” he said.