Two months after the Commonwealth Games — which saw the Delhi government constructing 21 new roads and flyovers — the public works department (PWD) has taken up its first big infrastructure project: Kalindi Bypass.
In planning for almost a decade, the project will provide motorists an alternative to Mathura Road to move between Delhi and Faridabad.
The PWD is now looking to appoint consultants to prepare a detailed feasibility report for the project.
“We have already got 12 applications. We are hopeful that the consultant would be appointed within 15 days. We want to start actual construction by June 2012,” said PWD principal chief engineer AK Sinha.
Apart from exploring possible alignment for the bypass, the consultant will also study how the road can be integrated with the DND flyway and the Ring Road. With the volume of traffic already high on the toll road as well as Ring Road, the proposed bypass is expected to draw huge volume of vehicles, a senior PWD official said.
“In the next few years, we might extend this bypass and connect it with the Barapullah Elevated Road and Salimgarh Fort bypass to provide a parallel road to the existing Ring Road which caters to a huge volume of traffic. The consultant would be required to find possible integration solutions,” a PWD engineer said.
Delhi government conceived the idea of the 27 km Kalindi Bypass — from Kalindi Colony near the Yamuna to Palwal in Haryana along the western banks of Yamuna — in 2002.
The government had even sanctioned about Rs 100 crore to construct 14km stretch that falls in Delhi’s territory. The remaining 13km falls in Haryana, which has already been constructed.
The project, however, ran into rough weather after the Uttar Pradesh government refused to part some of its land.
The project received another setback when in 2006 the Delhi High Court prohibited any construction within 300m of Yamuna’s banks.