Delhi: Underpass, flyovers to ease ride between Vasant Kunj and IGI airport soon

Updated on Jun 27, 2017 12:24 PM IST
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has given its go ahead for the Delhi government project. Public Works Department (PWD) hopes to complete before the end of 2019.
Commuters can avoid the jam at Mahipalpur on way to or from Delhi airport after the construction of the underpass is over.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT File)
Commuters can avoid the jam at Mahipalpur on way to or from Delhi airport after the construction of the underpass is over.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT File)
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Commuters going from Vasant Kunj to Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport will soon get to travel signal-free.

The Delhi government has finalised the proposal of an underpass between Vasant Kunj and the airport. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has also given its go ahead for the project, which the Public Works Department (PWD) hopes to complete before the end of 2019.

Apart from an underpass at National Highway 8, a flyover at the Vasant Kunj side and a flyover at the airport side has also been proposed, which will also cut travel time by 30 minutes.

“Commuters coming from Vasant Kunj road almost always get stuck in the traffic jam near Mahipalpur. We have now built a new road so that commuters can avoid the Mahipalpur intersection. But, they still have to cross NH-8 to come to the airport side. Therefore, an underpass has been proposed so that commuters can directly come to the northern access road, popularly known as airport approach road,” said a PWD official.

Officials said the flyovers at the Vasant Kunj side and airport side will be around 1km long each while the length of the underpass would be 1.2km. Cost of the project was estimated to be around Rs 188 crore, with around 80% of the money coming from the from Union ministry of urban development, which is funding some projects to decongest Delhi.

“On the northern Mahipalpur bypass road, a one-way flyover will be constructed for commuters going to Vasant Kunj. Similarly, the flyover on airport road will cater to traffic coming from the airport. The underpass, however, will cater to the traffic from both sides,” the official added.

The PWD has got the approval from AAI and DDA for the project and is in discussion with NHAI as the underpass has to be constructed below the highway. If required, NHAI will construct the underpass.

In November last year, the Delhi government was directed by the high court to finalise plan to build an underpass at Mahipalpur crossing.

For better connectivity to airport from south Delhi, PWD is also making the Rao Tula Ram flyover two-way.

The new Rao Tula Ram flyover will be longer than the existing flyover and will make the ride easy to the airport.

The new 2.7km long flyover will start from the existing Palam flyover and will take commuters till the Army base, where the flyover connecting NH-8 will start. According to the plan, the PWD has to construct a three-lane elevated loop or a wing from Munirka flyover, which will run parallel to RTR flyover and land just before NH8.

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