North Delhi to airport in a breeze: Govt puts signal-free corridor on fast track
Delhi L-G Anil Baijal has pushed for early approval for the North-South corridor. PWD minister Satyendar Jain said that once approved, the project will be completed in three years.Updated: Jul 05, 2017 10:19 IST
Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has directed the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (planning & engineering) centre (UTTIPEC) to approve the project at the earliest. PWD minister Satyendar Jain said that once approved, the department will complete the project in three years.
“We are in the final stage of approval and this project will prove to be a milestone,” Jain said.
A PWD official said that as part of project, a 6.1 km-long tunnel will be constructed from Zakira to Pankha Road after which an elevated stretch will start and go up to Urban Extension area 2 (National Highway 8 Gurugram). A 9km-long elevated stretch will also be built along Najafgarh drain.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, in the 2016-17 budget speech, had proposed two elevated corridors — one along Anand Vihar Terminal to Peeragarhi (East-West Corridor - 29km) and the other from Wazirabad to Airport (North- South Corridor – 28.6km).
The east-west corridor is however caught in bureaucratic hurdle. Since, a major part of its has to go parallel to the railway line between Anand Vihar and New Delhi Railway Station, the railway officials have expressed their reservations in giving land to the Delhi government.
The east-west corridor will run via Rohtak road till Tikri border and design has been submitted to UTTIPEC.
According to PWD officials, there is need to create additional infrastructure in order to accommodate increasing number of vehicles. The north-south corridor will run through west Delhi and bypass the ridge area also.
“The alignment has been finalized and as per the suggestion received, the corridor will connect the Urban Extension Road –II, proposed by DDA at the periphery of airport,” said a PWD official.
Delhi Traffic Police had suggested that traffic of the corridor would clog the Thimayya Marg intersection and asked the PWD to explore the possibility of the proposed end of North-South corridor to be extended up to Delhi border towards Gurgaon side.
“By the time, Signature Bridge will be completed and we will already have 22km elevated corridors operational from Vikaspuri to Wazirabad. So, the journey time from airport to Haryana border, which also connects Delhi with Chandigarh will be reduced by 90 minutes,” the official added.
Once approved by UTTIPEC, the tendering process will start and government will also shift its focus on east-west corridor.