Traffic to the Indira Gandhi International Airport and several south Delhi colonies is set to become smoother with the Delhi Cabinet approving a grade separator at Vivekanand Marg, Nelson Mandela Marg and Poorvi Marg on Monday. The project is part of the corridor improvement plan from Vivekanand Marg Intersection to Paschimi Marg and would cost Rs 104.30 crore.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said there would be several features in the grade separator. It would comprise of a 1182m-long flyover, three pedestrian subways at the intersections of Nelson Mandela Marg, Poorvi and Paschimi Marg. Two foot overbridges at the intersections of Paschimi Marg and Nelson Mandela Marg and an underpass in front of Malai Mandir would also be a part of the grade separator.
The other features include two bus bays, a ground water recharge structure, proper electrification for lighting, adequate provision for road signage, horticulture, landscaping and transportation, provision for noise and dust barrier.
The grade separator would cater to several areas of south Delhi, including the IIT, JNU and Delhi University (south campus). Other important residential areas which will benefit include Munirka, R.K. Puram, Vasant Vihar and Vasant Kunj. “The grade separator at these junctions on Outer Ring Road would make them signal-free and benefit the residential and commercial areas of south west Delhi and inter-state traffic to and fro south Delhi,” said Delhi Urban Development Minister A.K. Walia. This would be completed in 24 months after receipt of financial sanction.