The Rani Jhansi grade separator project that has been unattended for the past three years might finally see the light of the day. St Stephen’s hospital has agreed to hand over about 2,200 sq mts of land to North Corporation for the project.
In lieu of the space, the municipal body will have to bear the cost of shifting the utilities such as water pipes and tankers from the acquired land. The proposal will be presented before the standing committee on Wednesday.
To get the project back on track, chief minister Sheila Dikshit has decided to get involved. She recently wrote to union railway minister Mukul Rai, requesting him to intervene and sort out the acquisition of the land.
The grade separator project was getting delayed because of hurdles in land acquisition from the hospital, the Indian Railways and the slum department.
Ravinder Gupta, chairman, works committee of North Corporation has said that once land acquisition is completed, it won’t take long to complete the project.
“Apart from the Railways, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has two colonies in the area and the slum department has two toilet blocks that need to be taken over by the corporation. We are working towards acquiring them by giving them alternatives elsewhere,” he said.
The R177-crore project was started by unified MCD in 2009. Once completed, the flyover will be 1.6-km long and will go across Rani Jhansi Road, Bara Hindu Rao, DCM Chowk, Azad Market and Baraf Khana Chowk to reach St Stephen’s Hospital.
At present, the road deals with chronic traffic jams.
The civic body has already got 3,676 sq mts of land from Church Mess, 1,183 square mts from the National Cold Storage near Baraf Khana, 3,841 sq mts from Azar Market area and 1,244 sq mts from the Filmistan side.