The recurring traffic nightmare at Mukerba Chowk looks all set to be a thing of the past. The Public Works Department(PWD) has completed the flyover and cloverleaf flyovers at the busy intersection, making all 12 movements at the intersection completely signal-free.
Mukerba Chowk flyover is the third such project in Delhi after AIIMS and Dhaula Kuan. The flyover will be open for traffic next week.
Over three lakh vehicles, including a large number of inter-state buses and trucks going to Haryana, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir pass through the traffic intersection on Mukerba Chowk.
The Mukerba Chowk flyover project has several unique features. This is the first time in Delhi that cyclists and cycle rickshaws have been given separate four-metre-wide separate carriageways. Senior PWD officials said cycle tracks do not interfere with motor-vehicle lanes.
Further, since many change for inter-state and local buses at this intersection, bus stops have been provided at the top of the flyover as well. “Ramps and staircases have been provided for pedestrians so they could conveniently step down from the flyover to the ground-level road and catch a bus headed in the other direction. This is the first time a flyover will also have escalators and lifts for pedestrians. Lifts and escalators will be installed in the next few months," said a senior PWD engineer.
The Rs 195 crore project took two years and four months of complete. Engineers said the actual construction of the flyover, the road on the ground level and four cloverleaves started only in March 2008 when the four slip roads were opened for traffic.
Constructions include a flyover on the outer Ring Road for traffic plying between ISBT and Rohini. Another road has been constructed at the ground level for straight movement of vehicles on GT Karnal Road (National Highway 1). Four cloverleaves and slip roads have been constructed for smooth and non-stop movement of vehicles in other directions.