Unavailability of land has derailed two more flyover projects in Delhi. The grade separator near Shyam Lal College in Shahdara area of east Delhi will not be able to meet its Commonwealth Games 2010 deadline.
The reason: Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is yet to hand over a 0.72 acre (2,898 square metre) piece of land, crucial for the construction of flyover, to the Public Works Department (PWD). The DDA had leased the said land to a person who ran a nursery. The person has now moved court.
PWD’s ambitious project of improving 3.5-km long UP Link Road, which connects Nodia border with Akshardham crossing on NH24 in east Delhi, was the first PWD project taken off the Commonwealth Games projects list. The project required a 25 acre land on the eastern banks of the Yamuna, owned by the irrigation department of Uttar Pradesh. The state is yet to transfer the land to Delhi.
The PWD is constructing 19 roads and flyovers to improve movement of traffic ahead of the Commonwealth Games. A whopping Rs 3,500 crore is being spent on these projects.
Senior PWD officials said according to the design of the flyover, a couple of pillars are to come up in that piece of land.
“Though the flyover is not important from the Games’ perspective, it has to be built to improve the traffic situation on that intersection,” said AK Sinha, PWD principal chief engineer.
PWD sources said progress on the grade separator at Apsara Border in east Delhi is also poor. While Sinha insisted it will be ready by mid-2010, sources said the project had been unofficially taken off the Games’ list.
“The UP government is yet to formally hand over its land where one side of the flyover is landing,” said a senior PWD engineer.