Second phase of Barapullah corridor from JLN Stadium to INA may open in March

The new Barapullah road will reduce travel time for commuters going from east Delhi towards airport. They will be able to reach Aurobindo Marg by going past Sewa Nagar Railway Crossing, Kushak drain and Lodhi Colony seamlessly

delhi Updated: Feb 09, 2018 12:49 IST
Ashish Mishra
Ashish Mishra
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Barapullah,JLN Stadium,INA
Construction of Barapullah flyover near INA in June 2017. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Soon, commuters will have a signal-free ride from Sarai Kale Khan to INA market as work on phase II of the Barapullah elevated corridor is almost complete.

Public Works Department (PWD) officials said the new stretch — connecting Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium and INA — will be opened by end of March.

The nearly 4km stretch under phase I of the Barapullah elevated road — connecting Sarai Kale Khan and JLN Stadium — has been operational since 2010 Commonwealth Games. In phase II, the corridor is being extended by 2km from JLN Stadium to INA market. Under phase III, a 3.5km stretch from Mayur Vihar Phase I to Sarai Kale Khan is expected to be completed by 2020.

Once operational, the new elevated road will reduce travel time for airport-bound traffic from east Delhi as commuters will be able to reach INA or Aurobindo Marg going past Sewa Nagar Railway Crossing, Kushak drain and Lodhi Colony seamlessly.

At present, commuters reach INA or Aurobindo Marg via Lodhi Colony after descending from Barapullah-I near JLN Stadium, and are often caught in traffic snarls.

Officials said the elevated road will cut travel time between Mayur Vihar Phase I and INA to 45 minutes against the existing 60 minutes.

At present, a 200m stretch near Sewa Nagar Crossing is left to be constructed by the railway department. “Almost 90% of construction work has been completed. Work to lay girders on railway tracks near Sewa Nagar Crossing is to be done by the railways. Main carriageway of the elevated road will be opened by March-end,” a PWD official said.

A loop from Thyagraj Stadium, however, will open only by April-end, the official added.

Started in 2013, the work on Barapullah phase II was to be completed in 2015. However, it missed the deadline due to delay in getting permission for construction on railway land. It was rescheduled to be open in September last year, but was delayed again due to slow progress to December 2017. Finally the deadline was extended to March 2018.

“Every year in monsoons we had to stop the work to avoid water logging as we had to fix machines in the drain for construction. Railway department has started its work and we are hoping it will be completed soon,” the official said.

PWD also has to lay two slabs of 25m each near the Sewa Nagar Crossing but officials said it can be done only after railway’s portion is completed as both are interlinked. Railway officials could not be reached for comment despite several attempts.

Professor Sewa Ram of School of Planning and Architecture, said opening of Barapullah phase II would provide a parallel network reducing congestion on the Ring Road. “This road will provide seamless connectivity between east and south Delhi. During medical emergency, it will play a crucial part as patients from east Delhi and Noida will be able to reach AIIMS and Safdarjung hospitals in comparatively less time,” Ram said.

Traffic authorities said that once the stretch is opened it would reduce traffic on several roads in the neighbourhood. “With its opening, the traffic on Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, South Extension-AIIMS stretch and Aurobindo Marg will also become lighter,” Garima Bhatnagar, joint police commissioner (traffic), said.

Secretary general, Confederation of NCR RWAs, Chetan Sharma welcomed the move and said that at present, airport-bound traffic from Noida and Mayur Vihar Phase I either has to pass through Ring Road or take Barapullah-I till JLN stadium and then go via Lodhi Colony which consumes a lot of time.

“It will not only reduce time travel but will also provide ease of driving with commuters reaching INA , AIIMS from Noida and Mayur Vihar-I without getting caught in jams,” Sharma said.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 12:46 IST