After a lull of a year and a half, Delhi government's public works department is going to be back on a construction spree. Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved two big-ticket projects for Delhi — a string of flyovers to make a 22.1-kilometre stretch of outer ring road in north-west and north Delhi signal free and extension of Barapullah elevated road up to INA Market. The works are expected to keep the public works department occupied for the next three years.
The outer ring road project consists of three elevated roads, four flyovers, two loops, a road on a drain and nine pedestrian bridges for smooth movement of pedestrians.
It is expected to cost Rs 2,238 crore. Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said the government has also planned cycle track along the stretch and each project will have the provision for cycle tracks, rainwater harvesting, greenery and separate lane for buses.
"The new road projects will bring a positive change in road transport scenario in Delhi. Once these flyovers are commissioned there will be huge savings of fuel and travelling time and there will be an end to traffic jams on outer Ring Road, which serves as a traffic lifeline," Dikshit said.
Apart from outer ring road, the Cabinet also gave approval to the construction of an elevated road between Prembaripul and Azadpur railway overbridge along the ring road in north Delhi. This will cost about R24.7 crore
The elevated road will also make the Ring Road, another important arterial road, signal free.
While south and east Delhi has seen massive development ahead of the Commonwealth Games, Delhi PWD minister Rajkumar Chauhan said west and north-west Delhi were ignored.
"After Wazirabad flyover there will only be two traffic signals left — one opposite Gurudwara Majnu Ka tila and another near Chandgi Ram Akahara. We are also contemplating to build loops on these intersections to make the entire ring road signal free," Chauhan added.
He said the outer ring road and ring road elevated road
projects have already been approved by UTTIPEC and Delhi Urban Arts Commission and now require structural plan and preparation of tendering documents.
"We are likely to call tenders and start construction on these projects in the next six months. We have clubbed various elevated roads and flyovers on outer ring Road in four packages and separate tenders will be called for them," Chauhan said.