The Delhi government is working on a plan that could see it convert some of the city’s most important flyovers from single carriageway to double carriageway, public works department officials told HT on Sunday.
Delhi has built 15 single carriageway flyovers in the past decade at the cost of around Rs 500 crore but the city has failed to keep pace with burgeoning traffic growth of 50% in the same period. The new move would go some distance in reducing gridlock on the Capital’s roads, even if the more sustainable solution would be to improve public transport, experts say.
PWD engineers will initially take up three flyovers, two on Ring Road at Punjabi Bagh and one in Seelampur in east Delhi. Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has already given the go-ahead to a parallel flyover at Rao Tula Ram Marg traffic intersection on Outer Ring Road. Construction is likely to start in the next 3-4 months.
The plan could then be extended to four more flyovers.
“We gave a presentation on the current traffic scenario and expected demand for additional road space on these three locations to the board of assessors. Once we get a go-ahead we will appoint a consultant to carry out a feasibility study,” said Ravi Mathur, director (works), PWD. The board includes top PWD engineers, tourism, flood and irrigation and other such departments.
The project, if approved, will cost the gover nment considerably more than the amount spent on the original flyovers. Single carriageway flyovers cost about 60% of a double carriageway flyover, begging the question why the government did not go with a two-way model in the first place — a lesson it appears to have learned.
“In future, all flyovers, whether on a 3-armed intersection or a crossing would be double carriage way flyovers to cater to traf fic of both directions,” said Sarvagya Srivastava, chief engineer ( flyover ) , PWD. “There are some single flyovers where traffic movement is smooth and those will not be touched. We will only take up the ones where traffic situation has already started worsening.
Delhi has around 75 flyovers, with many of the recent additions being single carriageway.