The Barapullah elevated road, which starts at Sarai Kale Khan and ends at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium near Lodhi Road, will now be extended to INA market. According to government officials, the plan to extend the second phase of the elevated corridor has got clearance from the Delhi Urban Arts Commission — an apex body to maintain the city’s aesthetics — the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC).
The proposal will now be tabled in the Delhi Cabinet for a go-ahead and the Public Works Department (PWD) hopes to start work on the 3.7-kilometre stretch by March.
Currently, the stretch — used by those travelling from Sarai Kale Khan towards central and south Delhi — ends at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. From that point, one has now to take either a road towards INA or Sarojini Nagar/Prem Nagar.
Once the elevated road is linked with INA, driving from Sarai Kale Khan to INA, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Green Park, Hauz Khas and other surrounding areas will get faster and smoother.
The 4.53km-long corridor has proved to be a vital link between east Delhi and central-south Delhi as travelling time has reduced to nearly 10 minutes. According to officials, more than 40,000 people use the elevated road every day.
“The project will be tabled before the cabinet for clearance. Once that is done, we will float tenders and award work. We hope to start work by March,” said a PWD official.
The R550-crore project has been in the pipeline for quite some time. The PWD also hopes to make the Moolchand slip road of the Barapullah road functional from February and another road leading to Lajpat Rai Marg from April.
“The two new loops connecting the Barapullah road with Lala Lajpat Rai Marg will ensure that accessibility with many south Delhi areas gets better,” added the official.