Driving to Gurgaon will take less time in a couple of years. Three more link roads are on their way — two from south Delhi and one from Dwarka in west Delhi. The Planning Commission last week approved two link roads, and kept under consideration the third road.
The new links, estimated to cost Rs 500 crore, are meant to ease traffic pressure on the two existing roads — the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and MG Road.
The road from Dwarka is expected to reduce the travel time from west Delhi by half. If you stay in Dwarka, you will no longer have to hit the congested Expressway before the Delhi-Gurgoan border and then cross the toll bridge. “The new link would be parallel to the Expressway till it merges ahead of the IFFCO Chowk. We expect it to be functional by 2010,” a panel official said.
The south Delhi links will be on either side of the MG Road. One will connect Nelson Mandela Marg to MG Road. But it needs clearance from the Supreme Court first. It will have to pass through the southern ridge area, where construction is banned. Two options have been proposed: careful construction on the ridge or a tunnel below it.
The third road, which is under consideration, is from Andheria Mor to Expressway.