First the bad news.
Prepare to face traffic diversions on National Highway 24 (NH 24) as Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is constructing a flyover on the highway.
The good news, though, is that the flyover would ensure easy access to the Commonwealth Games Village without obstructing fast moving traffic along the highway during next year’s Commonwealth Games.
The traffic diversion would be made in two stages, said a senior DDA engineer associated with the project.
“In the first stage, we will divert traffic bound for Ring Road from east Delhi. A slip road parallel to the highway is being readied. The embankment and earth work are complete, and traffic will be diverted by end of June 2009,” he said on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
In the second stage, traffic bound for east Delhi will be diverted onto a slip road.
Engineers of the Authority said construction of a slip road on the northern side of the highway had begun and the diversion would be made in July 2009.
Construction of the flyover, one of the most important Games-related projects, should have started in 2008.
Delhi Development Authority had invited tenders for it last year.
The process, however, was cancelled after the participating construction companies bid very high.
“The flyover is necessary to ensure that vehicles of the participating contingents and the general traffic on the highway do not clash,” said the DDA engineer.
The Rs 90-crore project will take about 18 months to complete.
Engineers said the flyover has to be commissioned by end of August 2010.
DDA officials said the 700-metre flyover would have eight lanes to ensure smooth movement of general traffic on the highway.
There will be three-lane-wide slip roads on the ground, parallel to the flyover — besides three-metre-wide cycle lanes on either side — for the Games Village-bound traffic.
“While traffic moving straight up or down the highway will take the flyover, vehicles to or from the village will use the slip roads. There will be a roundabout under the flyover to regulate the movement of vehicles,” said the DDA engineer.
National Highway 24 provides connectivity to more than 1.5 lakh vehicles between East Delhi and UP every day.
Over 8,000 athletes and official are expected to stay in the village during the Games, which are scheduled to take place from October 3 to October 14, 2010 in the Capital.