In an attempt to ease traffic congestion in south Delhi’s Mehrauli, chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday stressed on the need for providing better connectivity through elevated roads or underpasses.
This issue of preventing overcrowding, congestion and longer traffic jams in the historical town Mehrauli was discussed in a high-level meeting chaired by Dikshit and organised at the instance of Delhi Vidhan Sabha speaker Yoganand Shastri.
“It was decided to appoint a consultant to complete spade work at the earliest to enable the government to move towards construction. Yoganand Shastri said that the Public Works Department (PWD) has already conducted a preliminary survey, which needs to be properly studied for immediate action,” said a senior Delhi government official.
According to the officials, they are looking into the possibility of constructing two separate roads— a 1.2 km road from Mehrauli Bus Terminus to MB Road near Anuvrat Marg Ahimsa Sthal and a 1 km road from Shahi Idgah to Arun Asaf Ali Marg via Sanjav Van.
“All the agencies including environment and forests, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and PWD must work in tandem to overcome objections to be raised by any of the affected agencies. Yoganand Shastri said the present single narrow road connecting Mehrauli with other parts of the city is proving inadequate keeping in mind the current quantum of traffic,” Dikshit said.
In recent times, Mehrauli has witnessed substantial expansion and increase in population resulting in the road being overcrowded and congested. The present situation is causing longer traffic jams and inconvenience to residents and tourists,” she added.
Shastri also said that elevated roads, widened surface roads or suitable underpasses should be constructed without affecting archaeological monuments. “The basic idea is to provide relief to the residents at the earliest and the government should instruct the agencies to expedite completion of the consultant’s report,” said Shastri.