Last Wednesday, while inaugurating two flyovers at the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) and NH-8 corridor on the Outer Ring Road, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had hoped that the Commonwealth Games visitors would remember the city as one with uninterrupted connectivity.
Residents of the colonies abutting the flyovers are, however, complaining exactly the opposite: loss of connectivity.
Challenging the design of the twin flyovers in the Delhi High Court, the residents said pedestrians are having a tough time due to the absence of any sliproads and pedestrian subways. Residents on one side of the flyover are forced to take a longer route to get to the other side.
“It cordons off entire colonies of Vasant Enclave, Basant Gaon and Vasant Apartments without giving the residents any direct exit from their colonies to Rao Tula Ram Marg, compelling them to travel an additional three kilometer to the flyover. It has become difficult for any resident to reach any place in an emergency,” said senior lawyer Kailash Vasdev, appearing on behalf of various RWAs in Vasant Vihar.
Vasdev told Justice Sanjiv Khanna: “The flyovers as presently designed do not provide for any pedestrian subways or pedestrian crossings on the entire stretch of 7 km starting from NH-8 to Africa Avenue”.
The petition said the original plan envisaged in 2006 by the technical committee of the DDA had provision of four underpasses, nine pedestrian subways and other amenities.
Justice Khanna has asked the Delhi Government and Unified Traffic and Transport Infrastructure Centre, which had envisaged the project, to give a hearing to the residents and take any remedial measures if required and come back to court on November 19. Vasdev said the residents had been making repeated representations before the government since a year.
The 884-metre-long flyover at the Africa Avenue-Aruna Asaf Ali intersection near Jawaharlal Nehru University has been constructed at a cost of Rs 82.6 crore and has a dual carriageway of nine metres width and three lanes in each direction.
The flyover at the Rao Tula Ram Marg-Benito Juarez Marg intersection has been constructed at a cost of Rs.59.6 crore. This 920-metre-long flyover has a single nine-metre-wide carriageway and three lanes for traffic moving from NH-8 to IIT.