The fast expanding boundaries of the capital city and rapidly increasing number of vehicles has made public works department (PWD) to plan yet another bridge across the river Yamuna.
The new bridge, said PWD engineers, is being planned in northern most part of the city where people have to drive 25-30 kilometres to reach the other side of the river.
The PWD has appointed a consultant to carry out a feasibility study for the proposed bridge. The consultant, said an engineer, would carry out the traffic survey and feasibility studies of the bridge.
According to a senior PWD engineer, the new bridge is being planned between Karawal Nagar in north east Delhi and Alipur in north Delhi.The bridge, said engineers, would come up several kilometres upstream the Wazirabad bridge, which is the only bridge that provides connectivity between north Delhi and north east Delhi.
"Delhi city is geographically divided into two parts by the river Yamuna. There are very limited number of bridges over the Yamuna while the corresponding traffic is too high. There is an urgent need to increase the number of bridges for a better interlink between the two sides of the river especially towards the northern part of the city," a senior PWD engineer said.
There are currently eight bridges on the Yamuna—Wazriabad, Shastri Park, Old Bridge, Geeta Colony, ITO, Nizamuddin, DND and Kalindi Kunj. While the construction of Signature Bridge just adjacent to Wazirabad Bridge is going on, the Noida Authority is planning a bridge parallel to the Okhla Barrage. All the bridges, said officials, carry more vehicles than the capacity.
PWD engineers said the construction of a bridge between Alipur and Karawal nagar would facilitate traffic that moves between Haryana and UP.
A large number of commercial vehicles from Haryana enter Delhi through Singh Border on their way to UP and pass through GT Karnal Road, outer Ring Road, Wazirabad and Bhajanpura, thus putting a lot of pressure on Wazirabad Bridge.