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Underpass to ease traffic heading for IGI airport

india Updated: Jul 26, 2009 23:55 IST
Sanjeev K. Ahuja

Here is some good news for those who have to take the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway to reach Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The drive to the airport is all set to get shorter by five kilometers.

The Unified Traffic And Transportation Infrastructure (Planning And Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) has given the green signal to construct a four-lane underpass (called the Northern Underpass) between Palam and Mahipalpur crossings.

This will mean that commuters will not have to get on the Mahipalpur Flyover and drive down all the way to the IGI Toll Plaza. The motorists would also save on the toll tax.

The underpass would also benefit domestic airport-bound traffic.

The motorists coming from Delhi would have to take the service road of the expressway from RTR-Palam flyover and drive down to this underpass that would connect to the underground tunnel that GMR (the group working on airport
modernisation) is building to connect it to the Central Spine to lead to the airport terminal.

An NHAI official who did want to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media said the UTTIPEC had given in-principal approval for the four-lane underpass.

Another decision to build a tunnelled underpass from Mahipalpur crossing is still pending with the UTTIPAC. This underpass will be connected with the Central Spine of the integrated terminal.

They are part of the plan to have five new connectivities to the integrated airport terminal.

The other proposed connectivity are the Southern Entry, a tunnelled underpass from Dwarka Link Road, and a road from Dwarka Circle that will connect with the tunnel.