To decongest NH-8, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has proposed a plan to construct a link road which will connect the Ring Road (close to RK Puram) to MG Road via Nelson Mandela Marg (Vasant Kunj). It will be a six-lane bypass road which will share the burden of the busy NH-8.
The residents from the nearby areas are happy with the development, but they are equally concerned about the safety of pedestrians. “Nearly 75-80% of the traffic coming from Delhi to Gurgaon takes NH-8. Once this road comes up, it will work as an alternative route and the traffic load on the stretch will reduce. But we want the authorities to also construct enough foot overbridges or underpasses for the safety of pedestrians,” said Ashwani Kumar Mehta, chairman, People for Society and Nation, a Vasant Kunj-based organisation.
According to Mehta, many colonies are located along the proposed road including Vasant Kunj and Vasant Vihar. “We have written to Nitin Gadkari, minister for road and highways, Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, as the Delhi government will be partly financing the project,” said Mehta. The residents have also raised the matter with MP Ramesh Bidhuri and MLA Naresh Yadav.
The Public Works Department had sanctioned two FOBs on Nelson Mandela Road — one near Vasant Kunj Mall and the other near Vasant Kunj Shopping Arcade in 2009. But these could never be materialised. “Following our requests, the Delhi government sanctioned construction of two FOBs,” said IPS Suri, resident of D-2 block, Vasant Kunj.
“The FoB near Vasant Kunj mall was first inaugurated by former minister Yoganand Shastri in 2013. Three months back, PWD minister Satyendra Jain also inaugurated the project, but construction never started here,” he said. Now that the road will be transferred to NHAI, residents want the authority to plan FOBs here.
The residents have requested the MP to get two more FOBs — D-6 and D-7, Vasant Kunj (near Massodpur Flyover) and Ganga-Yamuna apartments, Vasant Kunj.
Bidhuri said, “I have already asked the urban development ministry to plan at least three FOBs on this stretch.” Yadav has also assured to take up the matter with the agency. “I will closely watch the project and if required I will request for the Delhi government’s intervention. There is no denying the fact that FOBs are important and we will ensure that these are constructed at the points suggested by the residents,” he said.
The work on the project will start by the end of this year. A portion of the link road from Ring Road to Nelson Mandela Marg will be elevated.