The Barapullah elevated corridor, Delhi’s first elevated road from Sarai Kale Khan to Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, is all set to be thrown open for traffic on Tuesday.
The 4.53-kilometre corridor will prove to be a vital link between east Delhi and central and south Delhi, and is likely to reduce travelling time to just 10 minutes. The road, said senior engineers of public works department — the agency that constructed the corridor — would decongest traffic intersections at Ashram and at Bhairon Road.
Constructed by DS Constructions (the company that has constructed Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway) at a cost of R498 crore, the elevated road was completed just before the Commonwealth Games. It was used exclusively by athletes and officials of countries that participated in the Games to travel between the Commonwealth Games Village in east Delhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in October this year.
The road, however, was closed after the Games to facilitate the construction of two slip roads — to join Lala Lajpat Rai Marg with the elevated corridor — and to plan and make necessary modifications to discharge traffic at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium.
“We had finalised a traffic circulation plan for both heavy and light vehicles that would ply on the elevated road. The MCD has already made the necessary corrections in road alignment,” said a senior PWD engineer.
While the road would be thrown open for traffic from Tuesday, PWD engineers said the two slip roads would take a few more weeks to complete. In second phase, the government has planned to extend this road up to INA in south Delhi and Mayur Vihar in east Delhi.