The union ministry of urban development has sanctioned five projects worth `658 crore to decongest Delhi.
A high-powered committee was formed by the ministry to study and suggest measures to decongest the national Capital after Hindustan Times carried a series ‘Unclog Delhi’ in 2014.
In January this year, HT again highlighted the problem through a special series.
The committee had recommended better use of existing road space, multi-modal integration and better traffic management.
It has now approved a flyover and underpasses connecting northern Mahipalpur, Aerocity, airport and NH-8 and another flyover-cum-road overbridge near Narela to connect NH-1 to Bawana Industrial Complex.
A skywalk and foot overbridge (FOB) has also been cleared near ITO for the safety of pedestrians going to offices located in and around the busy crossing.
“Flyover and underpasses will be constructed between the northern part of the Mahipalpur bypass road and the airport road near Hanuman Mandir. These will give travellers coming from south Delhi, Faridabad and Gurgaon direct access to the airport.
“The move will ease congestion on NH-8 and provide access to the airport via Aerocity,” said an official.
The project cost is `188 crore, of which `154.40 crore will be provided by the Urban Development Fund (UDF).
The ministry has approved the widening of road, the construction of an up-ramp and the improvement of Ring Road near ISBT, Kashmiri Gate and Salimgarh Bypass.
“There is congestion on Ring Road between ISBT Kashmiri Gate and Hanuman Mandir near the Salimgarh Bypass. One up-ramp at ISBT will be built for the interstate buses entering the bus terminal. These steps will reduce congestion near Kashmiri Gate and Nigam Bodh Ghat,” the official said.
The project cost is `18.68 crore, out of which, `14.94 crore will be provided by the fund.
The ministry has allotted funds for a grade separator at Rani Jhansi Road. It is one of the main arterial roads of Delhi connecting Pusa Road and Rohtak Road to Filmistan, DCM Chowk, Azad Market, Roshanara Road and extends towards the ISBT.
The cost of the project is `200 crore. Out of this, the North MCD has already incurred an expenditure of `115 crore. The remaining `85 crore will be provided by the ministry.
A ministry source said those wishing to convert properties leased by the DDA from leasehold to freehold would be levied a one-time charge.
The UDF is utilised for social and physical infrastructure projects mainly to decongest Delhi.
The union cabinet has approved a proposal for the redevelopment of seven general pool residential accommodation colonies.
The colonies in Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Nauroji Nagar will be developed by the National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited and those in Kasturba Nagar, Thyagraj Nagar, Srinivaspuri and Mohammadpur by the Central Public Works Department
The total cost of the project is `32,835 crore, which includes maintenance and operation, costs for 30 years. The project will be completed in five years.