If you thought all construction activities in Delhi would come to an end after the Commonwealth Games in October this year, you are mistaken. Brace yourself for yet another round of digging from next year.
Delhi public works department (PWD) has prepared a long list of flyovers and elevated road projects “to improve movement of traffic in Delhi.” While Unified Traffic and Transport Infrastructure and Engineering Centre (UTTIPEC), the agency that approves road and infrastructure projects, has already cleared a few, some projects are still in the planning stage.
“Though we have constructed many flyovers, which have solved traffic problem in Delhi to some extent, there is scope to do more,” said Delhi PWD minister Rajkumar Chauhan.
Among other projects, the PWD is planning two new bridges over the river Yamuna. According to PWD officials, the volume of traffic coming from east Delhi has grown manifold in the past few years and is expected to grow more.
“The existing bridges are not enough to carry the huge volume,” a PWD engineer said. A string of flyovers along the 17-kilometre stretch of Outer Ring Road from Vikas Puri to Wazirabadare among 17 new projects the PWD is working on, the engineer said.