The Delhi Cabinet on Monday gave its approval for the construction of a flyover at Naraina on Ring Road. It would cost Rs 120 crore and would be commissioned by 2008.
Outlining the need for a flyover at the junction, the Cabinet note said that Ring Road is the highest and heaviest traffic loaded road of the city. "The traffic volume is 7,500 passenger car units per day and the peak hour traffic is over 13,400 passenger car units," the note said.
Speaking to Reporters after the Cabinet meeting, CM Sheila Dikshit said: “The new flyover would facilitate a smooth flow for vehicular traffic through Naraina village, which will have bearing on saving fuel and checking pollution.”
At present, the intersection at Naraina is the only bottleneck on Ring Road for free vehicular movement. Due to heavy encroachment on either side of the Ring Road, the road available to traffic was only 4-lanes wide.
In January last year, the encroachments were removed and the road has been widened to 6-lanes of traffic or 3-lanes for each way. The problem in this area had become all the more acute as the Ring Road has become signal free from Shalimar Bagh to Moolchand.
PWD minister AK Walia said the flyover would be 1594 metre long with 9 metre wide carriage on both side. To provide access to the pedestrians for crossing Ring Road and Loha Mandi Road, 5-metre wide subway would also be constructed. A 7.5 metre underpass towards Mayapuri side too would be constructed to take the traffic from the service road on either side of Ring Road.
“Another feature of the flyover would be the provision of foot over bridge with escalators for going up and coming down the flyover,” Walia added.
Being a long flyover, provision has been made to provide bus bays on either side by extending the flyover width. A new feature is the provision of noise and dust barrier to give comfort to the residents whose houses are close to the road.