Taking a step further to reduce traffic snarls on Outer Ring Road in South Delhi, the Delhi government opened a single carriageway flyover at Rao Tula Ram Marg intersection for public on Friday.
The new flyover, constructed between National Highway 8 (NH8) on western side of the outer Ring Road and Malai Mandir on eastern side, will ensure non-stop movement of traffic along Outer Ring Road at two traffic intersections — Benito Juarez Marg and Rao Tula Ram Marg.
With the opening of this flyover, straight movement on this intersection will be signal-free.
Only those vehicles taking a right turn on RTR Marg from Outer Ring Road and NH8-bound vehicles coming from RTR Marg will have to stop at the intersection. However, waiting time for these vehicles will be far less now.
"This is first flyover in Delhi to have a cement-concrete road instead of the usual bitumen road for smooth surface and longer life," Delhi PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said while opening the flyover.
Though cement-concrete road costs about 20 per cent more than the bitumen road, it has a life of more than 10 years, which is 2-3 times more than of a bitumen road, a PWD engineer said.
The flyover, that has upmarket colonies like West End, Vasant Vihar and Vasant Enclave on its either side, has noise barriers to reduce noise pollution. To improve the aesthetics, landscaping work is also being carried out on either side.
This 920-metre long single carriageway flyover is one among three flyovers the public works department (PWD) is constructing on Outer Ring Road between IIT Gate and NH8 to improve traffic circulation on this 3.5-kilometre stretch.
The PWD opened one flyover, on Africa Avenue crossing, in August this year. This single carriageway flyover is second to be thrown open for traffic.
Senior PWD engineers said the third flyover, over Nelson Mandela Marg traffic intersection, would be opened in November 2009.
With the opening of the three flyovers, an eight-kilometre stretch on Outer Ring road, from Nehru Place to NH8 will become signal free.
The three flyovers are important from the Commonwealth Games perspective too. The athletes and delegates of 71 countries will travel along this stretch on their way to the Commonwealth Games village from Indira Gandhi International airport.