To prevent slow-moving rickshaws and bicycles from coming in the way of speeding vehicles in an underpass, the authorities have, for the first time, built dedicated lanes for them.
The Ghazipur underpass, part of the three-level Ghazipur grade separator, is the first-of-its-kind underpass in the capital to have two cycle tracks.
The middle path has been left free for vehicular movement. The three-level grade separator — with a flyover, an underpass and surface-level slip roads — will open for use on Tuesday.
“This is the first underpass in Delhi which has dedicated tracks for non-motorised vehicles. The provision has been done keeping in mind the convenience of cyclists and rickshaw-pullers. On the Anand Vihar-Noida route, they will cover a three-km stretch between Anand Vihar and Kalyanpuri without any hassle,” said Sanjay Kumar Singh, project manager, Afcons Infrastructure Limited, which has constructed the separator.
According to PWD engineers, the arrangement will reduce road accidents as well.
“This is indeed a blessing. Commuting on this stretch had become a perennial problem. It’s chaotic between Anand Vihar and Kalyanpuri. Now, it would be hassle-free, thanks to the underpass, especially the cycle track,” said Himangshu Goyal, a resident of Ghazipur.