An underpass aimed at smooth flow of traffic and safe movement of pedestrians to and fro Safdarjung railway station and North Moti Bagh was unveiled by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today.
Dikshit also inaugurated two NDMC electric sub-stations at Raja Bazar in Gole Market and on Dr Bhishambar Dass Marg. "The underpass at Shanti Path, constructed at a cost of Rs 12.33 crore within a time period of one year, will enable free and safe movement of vehicles as well as pedestrians from Safdarjung station to North Moti Bagh and vice versa," an NDMC official said.
The commuters coming from Ring Road or Rao Tula Ram Marg can also use this underpass to reach directly to Safdarjung station without taking a long detour on Shanti Path.
The underpass has vehicular carriageway and pedestrian path separated by railing. Its height is 3.5 metres, width 10.3 metres and length 40 metres. "It has been constructed using box push technique instead of normal cut and cover method thus avoiding closure of traffic lanes of Shanti Path and without affecting movement of vehicles during construction," the official said.
NDMC Chairman Parimal Rai, Vice-Chairperson Tajdar Babar and senior officers of the civic body were present on the occasion. NDMC also commissioned two new electric sub-stations of 33 KV and 66 KV at Raja Bazar and Dr Bishambar Dass Marg respectively, as a part of "electric system strengthening and upgrading work".
PGCIL was the turnkey consultant for the project and the work has been executed by L&T. Both sub-stations have been completed in 18 months. The cost of Raja Bazar sub-station is Rs 10.11 crore and that of B D Marg is Rs 16.75 crore. Dedicated rainwater harvesting systems have been installed in both sub-stations.
These electric sub-stations will ensure interrupted electricity supply to the adjoining areas of Pt Pant Marg, Dr Bishambar Dass Marg, Mahadeva Road, Gole Dak Khana, B K S Marg and Gole Market.