Flyovers and underpasses will dot the cityscape of Delhi. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said Delhi government would construct more flyovers and underpasses to decongest traffic in the city before the Commonwealth Games, 2010. She was speaking at a function to inaugurate the Moolchand Underpass.
Interestingly, the underpass was opened for traffic almost four months ago but was not “formally inaugurated”.
Officials of Delhi Tourism, the agency which constructed the underpass, said the busy intersection was carrying a volume of 15302 passenger car units (PCU) during peak hours in 2004 out of which 4662 PCU was along the Ring Road in both directions. “This was far in excess of the ultimate capacity of a signalised intersection,” an official said. Due to heavy traffic from all directions, the signal length was of 165 seconds as against a desirable optimum setting of 120 seconds.
Dikshit said during last eight years, 37 flyovers have been completed as compared to just 10 flyovers in the 1990s. “16 more flyovers are under construction while 20 flyovers are at planning stage,” she said. The CM said 21 subways have been completed, Eight Foot Over Bridges with escalators are under construction and seven FOBs are under planning stage. For the first time in Delhi two tunnel corridors have been planned to facilitate movement of traffic from Commonwealth Games Village to Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium and Games Village to Rajiv Chowk.
Tourism Minister Arvinder Singh said Delhi Tourism has been engaged in the development of transport infrastructure in Delhi for the last more than 15 years. “Delhi Tourism was entrusted with clearing one of the major traffic bottlenecks in Delhi at the intersection of Ring Road and J.B. Tilto Marg and near Moolchand Hospital,” he said.
The minister said this was the only Underpass in Delhi, where two properly designed steel walkways have been provided to enable the pedestrians to cross it safely whereas five steel fins on either side enhance the aesthetics of the Underpass. The total cost of this project is Rs. 3868 lakhs.