Geeta Colony Bridge, aimed at decongesting ITO Bridge, may be opened in a few days, but it will have limited utility. The new bridge across the Yamuna –– connecting Geeta Colony in east Delhi with Shanti Van — does not have its approach roads ready yet.
While the construction of the grade separator at Raja Ram Kohli Marg in east Delhi has started, the flyover at Shanti Van is awaiting clearances from the security agencies.
According to senior Public Works Department (PWD) officials, neither the Shanti Van crossing on Ring Road nor the Pushta Road in east Delhi will be able to take the load of traffic if the flyover is thrown opened now.
“We are thus looking at diverting those vehicles on the new bridge, which now take the Pontoon Bridge to cross the Yamuna. The bridge can only be made fully-operational when we have the grade separator at Raja Ram Kohli Marg in east Delhi and flyover at Shanti Van ready,” confirmed a senior PWD engineer.
While the grade separator at Rajan Kohli Marg is expected to take about 18 months to complete, the flyover project will take more than two years, a PWD officer told Hindustan Times.
According to senior PWD engineers, Geeta Colony Bridge is expected to attract a traffic load of 70,000 passenger car units (PCU) every day. The Shanti Van T-point, however, can only handle an additional load of 4000-5000 PCUs every day.
“If we make the bridge operational, both the rotary at the Shanti Van as well as at the Pushta Road will get jammed,” a PWD engineer said.
With some changes at the Shanti Van T-point, a proper entry-exit point will be created for vehicles expected to use the Geeta Colony Bridge, said a PWD engineer. “We will not allow heavy traffic like trucks and buses to use the Bridge. Only light traffic will be permitted to ply on it till the access roads on both the sides are constructed,” said an official.
The 1.9 kilometre long Geeta Colony Bridge is expected to provide a non-stop drive from east Delhi to Ring Road and vice versa. To be connected with the Disused Canal Road through the upcoming grade separator at Raja Ram Kohli Marg and Shastri Park, the driving time from Karkari Morh in east Delhi to Ring Road will come down to just 15 minutes, which now takes almost 45 minutes via Vikas Marg and ITO Bridge.