The Public Works Department has been devising a ‘comprehensive plan’ to eliminate the gridlock near the Savitri flyover. The move is significant as GK Enclave Metro station, near TCIL, which is under construction will escalate traffic congestion on the stretch as one of its gates will open near Savitri complex. The PWD is exploring opportunities for the expansion of the existing single carriageway Savitri flyover into a dual carriageway. It also wants to make extensions in the existing foot overbridge.
A joint feasibility study would be undertaken which will include suggestions from the residents. Then it will be submitted to the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) for their final nod. The initiative has been taken following the instructions of the UTTIPEC. According to a PWD official, several facilities have been planned by the executing agencies near Savitri flyover, and the dept has been asked to do a study to ensure that the work is carried out in an integrated and coordinated manner.
Sarvagaya Kumar Srivastava, engineer-in-chief, PWD said, “The feasibility study on these projects is in progress. The report will include the suggestions of stakeholders to ensure hassle-free movement of pedestrians as well as commuters on this stretch. Once completed, it will be submitted to the UTTIPEC for approval.”
Expansion of Savitri flyover
With an aim to reduce congestion on two major points in the region, the flyovers near Savitri and Nehru Place were constructed in 2001. However, within years of their construction, the existing single carriageway flyover at Savitri failed to cope up with the pressure of the ever-increasing traffic volume on this stretch. This forced the government to explore possibility of converting it into a dual carriageway flyover.
“The idea came up in 2014 when the Delhi Government first thought of a plan to work on the project but no concrete action was taken. Now the matter has been raised again and the officials look serious about the implementation of the project. During the recent meeting of UTTIPEC, held on June 23, the PWD officials shared the details of the project,” said Chetan Sharma, chairman of Federation of GK-2 RWAs. He added that during peak hours the road faces heavy traffic jam and there is complete chaos on the road.
The residents also pointed that the faulty design of the road is responsible for the jams here. “The road towards GK-2 takes a sharp turn. So those wanting to go straight get little space to move and during peak hours they get stuck in jam. Had there been provision for a flyover for traffic going straight to Nehru Place flyover then things would have been easier for them,” said a resident of CR Park.
“Probably in the next three months, we will be able to submit the report to the UTTIPEC. After which this would need the approval of L-G,” said the PWD official.
Foot overbridge and multi-modal integration (MMI)
The UTTIPEC has also selected GK Enclave Metro station among the 34 Metro stations in Phase III that would develop under ‘integrated multi-modal transport’ system.
As per the MMT plan, the station will be well connected to all neighbourhood destinations through direct pedestrian skywalks so that people can walk to the Metro station directly. The project aims at providing properly designated spaces for all modes such as buses, autos, rickshaws and cycles in the vicinity of the stations.
“During the UTTIPEC meeting, we were clarified that the above mentioned facilities are already planned to be developed around the station, so accordingly we need to find out the placement and provision for FoB,” said the Public Works Department official.
Identifying entry/exit points for Metro station
To serve the residential colonies like Greater Kailash-2, GK Enclave-2, Masjid Moth, CR Park and Alaknanda, DMRC has planned only one entry or exit point at the corner of the of Savitri Cinema for the Metro station. But residents are not happy with the decision. They claim that the construction of entry or exit point on the only approach road to GK-2 would choke the road leading to long traffic jams. Moreover, it would also lead to encroachment problems.
In the last three months, they had rounds of meetings with the agencies for providing alternatives. Aggrieved residents also met Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung in May and talked about the disadvantages of the existing project. Following Jung’s instruction, two meetings were called at the office of DMRC’s chief project officer and another one with the UTTIPEC in May and June.
“During the meeting we shared the points where these entry/exit points can be constructed. It included the green patch at the entrance of Masjid Moth and GK Enclave-2 and other near the entrance of B block, CR Park. But the chances look bleak. We also gave them the option to either dig the tunnel or provide elevated platform to reach the Metro station,” said Ashutosh Dikshit, CEO, United RWAs Joint Action (URJA).
Saurabh Bhardwaj, MLA, GK, had also sent a letter to UTTIPEC explaining the problems of local residents of GK. According to Srivastava, residents of GK gave certain suggestions which are under consideration.
Meanwhile, Papiya Sarkar, chief architect, DMRC, said, “During the meeting, instructions were given to the consultant, architects to find out the feasibility of the points suggested by the residents and if possible, make necessary amendments in the integrated multi-modal plan.”